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RECORDS 

of ye 

Towne Meetings of Lyn 

1771 - 1783 




TRICORN HAT BOX 



I local history Published by 

^^^^^^^^4 Lynn Historical Society 

974. 44 125 Green Street. Lynn, Massachusetts 01902 

Lynn Mis. Soc 
1771-1783 



SAUGUS PUBLIC LIBRARY 



RECORDS 

of ye 

Towne Meetings of '. 

1771- 1783 



Published by 
Lynn Historical Society 

125 Green Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01902 



Part Seven 



1971 



Illustrated on Cover 

Tricorn Hat Box owned by Theophilos Bachellor 1771. 
The Box was probably used for his best hat. It is 
made of Pine, painted and grained to represent crotch 
and striped Mahogany or Walnut, banded in simulated 
Tulip wood. 



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Foreword 

Lynn Historical Society has already published six volumes of 
the Towne Meetings of Lyn, covering the period 1690 to 1771. 
These six volumes, of about one hundred pages each, have had a 
gratifying reception from State, University Libraries and Historical 
Societies all over the United States. Genealogists have found them 
very valuable, for the descendents of these early Lynners are now 
in every state in the union. 

Lynn in those days comprised a territory which is now divided 
into five municipalities : Saugus, Swampscott, Lynnfield, Nahant and 
the present City of Lynn. Within the borders Qf that small farming 
village now live one hundred and thirty thousand people. 

This volume has an index, which will be of great assistance to 
genealogists and to Scholars in the field of American History. 
All these volumes contain important original source material. 

This present volume contains many references to the growing 
discontent with the British government and finally to the war with 
England, the American Revolution. 

Publications Committee 
Lynn Historical Society 

Charles F. Havward 
Chairman 



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Notification — Lynn May 6th 1771 — The Inhabitents of this 
Town that have an Estate of Freehold within this province of fourty 
Shillings pr annum at ye Least or other Estate to ye value of Forty 
pounds Sterling: are hereby Notified to assemble at ye old Meeting 
house on Wednesday the 22d Instant at two of ye Clock afternoon 
there to Elect & Depute one or more persons to Serve for & 
Represent them in a Great & General Court appointed to be Con- 
vened held & keept for His Majestys Service at Harvard Colledge 
in Cambridge upon Wednesday ye 29th Day of May Instant acording 
to Precept and to See if ye town will approve of a Bridle way 
Shifted By ye Selectmen at ye Request of Daniel Bassett & others 
and also to Se if ye town will accept of what ye Selectmen have 
Done in widening ye Rhod where it was verey narrow in Several 
places in ye west parish Near where Jonathan Wayt formerly lived 
agreable to ye Desire of Capt Abner Chever & others 

And likewise to See if ye town will Chuse a Committee to 
Inspect & judge of ye Quantity & Quality of Each Mans Land on 
account of its Being taxed by ye assessors agreable to a petition 
of 12 of ye Inhabitents of Sd Town 

By order of ye Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill — Town Clerk 



At a Town Meeting Held in Lynn May 22d 1771 for the 
Choice of a Representative To Serve ye town at ye Great & 
General Court the Currant year — Ebenr Burrill Esqr was Chose 
by a full vote 

Capt. Samll Johnson was then Chose Moderator for ye other 
Bisnes that Clause in ye Notification Refering to ye way through 
Nathll Fullers & ye Widow Abigail Lewises Land after Some 
Debate : 

Voted to Chuse a Comitte to Review ye Sd way and Report to 
ye town their oppinion 



Meeting ad- 
journd to the 
27th Instant 



Capt. Abner Chever 
John Bryant 
John Mansfield 
Salvennus Hussey 
& Benja Newhall 



y Committe 



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May 22d 1771 — the Report of the Committe on the Way from 
Papoons to Benja Witts through Mr Husseys Land that he Latly 
Purchased of the town there Being Complaint to the Grad Jury of 
that Rods Being Shett up, have attended that Service & are of 
Oppinion that it is Not Nesesary to Open Sd pretended way 

Abner Chever Danil Mansfield Joseph Gowing and John Mans- 
field : Committee 

May 27th 1771 — on adjornment we the Subscribers to Whome 
the within way was Refer'd have attended that Service & are of 
oppinion that the town approve of the way as the Selectmen have 
Laid out provided that Danel Bassett pay Nathanel Fuller & Widow 
Abigal Lewis Each of them two pounds two Shillings — the town 
accepted the Report of the Committe 

Abner Chever John Bryant — John Mansfield Salvenas Hus- 
sey & Benja Newhall Committe 

Complaint Being Made — Lynn Apl 22d 1771 

The Selectmen attended the Service & widned the town way 
iin Several places where it was Less than one pole wide Begining 
at John Batts Stone wall wher we put a Stake then Extending 
Along the Road that Leads to the 600 acres till we come to Capt 
Joshua Chevers Corner part on one side & part on the other Side 
the way we have Staked it out in the Narrowest place one pole & 
half wide : then we opend the way at the Bridge for the Convenance 
of a teemes going through the water above the Bridge Near Mr 
Jonathan Waits old orchard as Staked out then from a Marked 
apple tree Near the wall to a Stake on the North West Side of the 
Gapp that Leads into Mr. Jonathan Waits old orchard 

Town Meeting — may 27th 1771 — the town approved of the 
above way Being opened : By a Vote as above Described 

Committe — Ebenr Burrill — Decn Abijah Chever and Wil- 
liam Eastes 

Essex — ss To Either of the Constables in Lynn & sd County — 
Greeting — 
(Seal) 

The Selectmen of Sd Town of Lynn are Informed that Some 
Time in the Month of Apriel 1771 : One Samuel Berrey & Famaly 

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Came into the Sd town of Lynn & Still Resides here with his Famaly : 
Viz Mary his wife — Thomas their Son — Hannah their Daughter 
& Mary Mary thair Daughter and Content Baxter a Single woman 
Sd Berry Brought into this town with him when he Came into town 
in Apriel Last as aforesd — These are therefore in His Majestys 
Name to Require you or Either of you forthwith to warm the Sd 
Samll Mary his wife & Thomas his Son Hannah & Mary his daugh- 
ters & Content Baxter — to Depart from & Leave this town or 
they will be proceded with as the Law Directs & you are alike 
Required to make inquirey when the Said Persons Came into this 
town & from whence they came they came & where they had their 
Last Resedence or Legal Settlement fail not & make Returne hereof 
with your Dowings hereon to My Selfe — Given under my hand 
& Seal at Lynn this 25th Day of July 1771 — 

By order of ye Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill Town Clerk 

Essex — ss Lynn July 29th 1771 I have Warmed the within 
named Persons to Depart this town according to the within War- 
rant & they Informed me that they Came Last from the Town of 
Wobron — Pr William Collins — Constable 

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1771 — Lynn Xover 11th 1771 — The Freeholders & Other 
Inhabitents of Sd Town are Hereby Notified to attend a Town 
meeting at the Old Meeting House in Sd Lynn on Munday the 
25th Day of Novr Instant at two of ye Clock afternoon. To Make 
a Grant of Money to pay the Towns Debets and arising Charges 
of Said town 

Also to Se if the town will alow the Charge of the Courts 
Comitte Laying out away from Kings Beach to Edmond Lewises 
Land 

NB The Selectmen Desire the inhabitants of ye town that 
have Taken any Person or famaly into town that they would 
Seasonably Notify ye Selectmen thereof. As they would avoid the 
Penalty of ye Law in that Behalf made & Provided — 

By Order of ye Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill Town Clerk 

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At a Town Meeting Held in Lynn Novr 25th 1771 — Capt 
Abner Chever — Moderator — To Grant a Sum of money to pay 
ye towns Debts & arising Charges of Sd Town — Voted 240 
pounds for the Currant year — The other particulars in the 
notification Refered to Next March Meeting 

Sundrey Petitions for Land Referd to the Comitte for In- 
croachet to Vieue Estamate & Report to the Town their Opinion 
Next March Meeting 

Notificn For Town Meeting Febr 9th 1772: The Inhabets of 
ye town of Sd Lynn Qualifyed for Voting as ye Law Directs are 
hereby Notifiyed to Attend a town meeting at ye Old meeting 
house in Sd town on Munday ye 2 Day of March next at teen of 
ye Clock to Coose a Town Clerk — Treasurer Selectmen Constables 
& all other town officers as by Law Required & to Lett ye Nahant 
Beaches & Sedge Islands, also to Se if ye town have ye Swine 
Go at Large & ye horses without fetters Also to know in ye town 
will Lett to Rand Graves about one acre & half of ye towns Land 
ajoyning to his Land To Gather with ye Lane that Runs through 
ye Sd Rands Lands at ye Request of 12 of ye Inhabitants — 
By Petition 

By Order of ye Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill Town Clerk 

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At a General Town Meeting Teld in Lynn March ye Second 
1772 — For ye Choice of Town Officers For the Corrant year 

Majr Abner Chever Chose Moderator 

Town Clerk & Treasurer — Ebenr Burrill Esqr 

Ebenr Burrill Decn Abijah Chever Decn Dal : Mansfield Wil- 
liam Eastes Benja Newhall Selectmen & assessors — Sworn to ye 
faithful Discharge of ye office 

Constables — James Phillips Sworn Thaddas Perrey Nathan 
Hawkes Sworn Joseph Newhall Chose & acepted in ye Rume of 
Sd Thaddeas Perry 

Wardens — Thomas Hawkes Sworn Ebenr Aborn Jur Ezekiel 
Moulten Sworn — Rand Graves Sworn — David Parker 

Surveiors of Highways — Joseph Edmonds Sworn Nathanel 
Sherman Mathew Hastes Sworn David Fuller 

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Tithen men — Ephriam Newhall — Sworn John Bryant 
Sworn — Abram Smith Sworn Theops Breed Sworn Joseph 
Newhall 

Fence Viewers — Caleb Collins Sworn Isaiah Breed Josiah 
Martain Joseph Edmonds Sworn Decn Daniel Mansfield Deacn 
Nathanel Bancroft 

Hogg Reves — John Norwood Edward Thompson — Willm 
Sweetsir Sworn Nathan Newhall John Lewis ye 3d Sworn — 
Thorn Stocker, Frances Marble John Upton William Mansfield 

Leather Sealers — James Newhall William Farington Sworn 

Surveiors of Lumber Moses Hudson Eleazer Collins Inguls 
Ephriam Breed Sworn 

Caller of Fish — Nathan Breed Sworn 

Wood Sealers — James Purington Henry Bachelder Sworn — 
Ebenr Brown Sworn Joseph Gould Benja Massey Sworn Increass 
Newhall Sworn 

Bread Wayers — Zephaniah Breed Sworn Samll Collins Jr. 
Josiah Martain Edward Johnson 

Clerk of ye Market — Edward Johnson 

Fish Comitte — Capt. John Mansfield Sworn Willm Farington 

Sworn John Collins Jacob Ramsdel Sworn Caleb Downing Robrt 

Mansfield _ ^ , , 

1 urn Over for ye Remainder 

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1772 March 2d At Ye Same Meeting 

Nahant Beaches — Let to Isaiah Breed & Isaiah Newhall as 
usul for £00-13-4 pence 

Sedge Islands — Let to Joseph Newhall for 5 Dollers 
Swine at Large in the North Parish & in the West parish 
Swine Shett up in the Old Parish 
Horses to be Fetterd in the Whole Town 
Rand Graveses Petition Granted 

Sundrey Petitions that was Refered here to fore to the Comitte 
for Incroachments Reported in favor & the town axcepted ye Report 
with Regard to ye Comitte charge of Laying out ye way from Kings 
Beach to Edmond Lewises Land pased in the Negative 

Meeting Adjorned To Monday fortnet at 2 of ye Clock at 
ye widow Ruth Johnsons 

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Town Meeting on ye adjornment 

the town at this meeting : Voted to axcept of Joseph Newhall 
to Serve Constable in ye Rume & Stead of Thaddeas Perry who was 
Chose Constable ye first meeting: viz March Second 1772 — Sd 
Joseph Newhall Sworn 

Hogg Reves Chose Viz Abijah Newhall Jacob Collins Benja 
Lyndsey & John Burrill 

Meeting Desolved 

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At a Town Meeting Leagely assembled Janr 6th 1772 Dean 
Danil Mansfield Chosen Moderator 

The Question being put after the papers was Reed. Relating 
to Publick Greavencs the province Labours under in Regard of their 
Rights and Priviledges 

Voted unaniomsly that this Town will concour in centiments 
with the Town of Boston & the Neighbouring Towns in the provinc 
with Regard to our Constitutional & Charter Rights Privileges 

Voted to instruct the Representitive to Stand fierm for our 
Charter wrights and Priviledges 

Voted to Chuse a Comitte of Seven Men to Corespond with 
Comittes of other Towns Respecting the Grievances we Do or may 
Laibour under 

Voted Capt John Mansfield Majr Abner Chever Decn Abijah 
Chever Doctr John Flagg Decn Nathanel Bancroft Salvenas Hussey 
& Josiah Martain Decn Danil Mansfield added in Martins Rume 

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Notification Lynn May 15th 1772 

The Freeholders & Other Inhabitents of ye town of Lynn that 
have an Estate of freehold in Lands within this Province or 
Terretorey of 40/ Shillings p Annum at ye Least or Other Estate 
to ye Value of 40/ Stearling are hereby Notified to attend a town 
Meeting at ye Old Meeting house in Sd town on Thurdsday ye 21st 
Day of may Instant at one of ye clock after noon then & there to 
Elect & Depute one or more person or persons to Serve for & 
Represent the Sd town in a Great & General Court or Assemble 
appointed to be Conveand held & keept for His Majestys Service 
at Harvard Colleage in Cambridge upon Wensday the 27th Day of 

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May Instant according to Precept Also to Se if yye town will 
Build a School House for the Second Parish in Sd town or grant 
them a Sum of Money for that purpose agreable to a Petition of 
Sd Parish. Likewise to Se if ye town will Repay the 3d Parish 
in Sd town ye Charge of Building their Schoolhouse which Charge 
is 27 pounds one Shilling & 4 pence agreable to a petition of Sd 
Parish 

T Se also what ye town will Do with Respect to the Nttrrroras 
Encroachments on ye towns Land 

Likewise to Se what ye town will Do with Regard to those 
Persons that have had Conditional Grants of Landss & had Improve- 
ment for a Considrable Time & not paid Either princable or 
Intrest & also to Se in ye town will at this meeting make a Grant 
of money to pay ye towns Debets & arising charges of Sd town 
for ye Currant year 

Also to if ye town will allow ye Charge of ye Corts Comitte 
Laying out ye way from King's Beach So Calld to Edmond Lewises 
Land 

Likewise to Se if ye Town will Lett ye Eal pond above Joseph 
Goulds Mill 

By Order of the Select Men 

Ebenr Burrill Town Clerk 

[Page] 

At a General Town Meeting Held in Lynn May 21st 1772 for 
ye choice of a Representitive Ebenr Burrill Esqr Cose to Represent 
ye town ye Currant year 

Moderator Mar Abner Chever Chosen to Transact ye other 
Busness of Sd town agreable to the Notification 

First Voted Fifteen Pounds to the North Parish to enable 
them to Build a School House in Sd Parish 

21y Voted Fifteen Pounds to ye West Parish to wards the 
charge of Building a School House in Sd Parish 

31y Voted to Chuse a Committe & Impower them to take 
Effectual Care of the Incroachments on the towns Lands. 

4thly Voted Deacn Daniel Mansfield John Hawkes and Capt 
John Mansfield Be a Committe for the Purpos afore Said 

51y Voted those Persons that Have heretofore had Conditional 
Grants of Land & not paid for the Same Shall pay Intrest from 
the time of Improvment 

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6 Voted to ye above Committe Shall have as Full power in 
all Regards as the Town Gave their Committe in ye year 1766 

And that ye above Sd Committe take ye Money or good 
Seccureity of those persons that purchise any of ye towns Land 
& pay it into ye town treasurey. 

Voted 270 pounds to Defray ye town Charge for ye Currant 

year 

Voted the Town would pay the Charge of the Courts Com- 
mitte Laying out ye way from Kings Beach through Nathanel 
Fullers & the wd abigal Lewises Land & John Bassetts & Joseph 
Bassetts to Edmond Lewises Land 

Voted to Lett the Eal Pond above Joseph Gould's for the 
Currant year to John Rhoades he paying to the town one Doller 

[Page] 

Essex-ss — October 25th 1772 — Pursuant to the within Order 
of his Majestys Court of General Sessions of the peace holden at 
Newbury port within & for the County of Essex, on the Last Tues- 
day of September Last, Having given Seasonable notice to all 
persons Intrested of the time of our meeting, for the Purposes in 
Said Order Mentioned, & Being Sworn as within appears 

We have Laid out the Way in Said Order Mentioned as 
follows Viz. We bagan at a Stone Laid by us on Kings Beach & 
Run from thence on the Line Between the Lands of Nathanel 
Fuller & Abigail Lewis, north forty eight Degrees thirty minutes 
west to John Bassetts Land fourty poles, & ordrd one Pole of Land 
in wedth on Each Side of Said Line to be for the Way. from the 
Easterly Side thereof we Run South forty two Degrees West as the 
fence Stands twenty one poles & an half through John Bassetts 
Land, & from thence on the Same Course as the fence Stands 
forty five Poles through Joseph Bassetts Land to the Old Way 
and Ordered two poles of Land in Wedth on the northerly Side 
of Each of Said Last mentioned Lines for the Way : and the Damage 
Don in privet property by Laying out the way aforesaid we estimate 
as followeth Viz to the Sd Nathanel Fuller the Sum of four Pounds, 
to the Sd Abigal Lewis the Sum of four Pounds, & the Sd John 
Basset & Joseph Basset freely Releas the Damage SufTerd by them 

Copy of ye Return of ye Comitte appinted by ye Court to Lay 

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out a way in Lynn : was accepted Last March Court at Ipswich : 
1772 — Examined by William Jeffry Clerk 

Witness our Hands & Seals 



Danil Epes 


(Seal) 


John Leech 


(Seal) 


Benja Jones 


(Se) 


Isaac Mansfield 


(Se) 


Nathan Bowen 


(Sea) 



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Notification Lynn February 15th 1773 

The Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn 
Qualified for Voting are hereby notifyed to attend a Town Meeting 
on Munday the first Day of March Next at ten of the Clock in the 
forenoon at the Old Meeting house in Said Town 

To Chuse a town Clerk Treasurer Selectmen Constables & 
all other Town Officers as the Law Directs, also to Se if the town 
will Lett their Nahant Beaches & Sedge Islands & Egg Rock 
so calld 

Likewise to Se if the Town will hire or Build a House to 
keep the poor of the town in & Chuse a Committee or a person or 
parsons to over Se & Take Care of the Same 

& also to Se if the town will Build a Powder house for the 
town Stock of ammonition 

& Likewise to Se if the town will Sell to Nathan Newhall a 
few poles of Land East of his Dwelling House now within fence — 

Agreable to a Petition of 15 Inhabitents 

By Order of the Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill — Town Clerk 

[Page] 

At a General Town Meeting in Lynn March 1, 1773 to Chuse 

Town Offesers for the Currant Year 

Decn Daniel Mansfield Chose Moderator of Sd Meeting 
Town Clerk Ebenr Burrill Esqr Sworn to the office 
Tresurer — Benjamin Newhall — Sworn to the office 
Selectmen Decn Daniel Mansfield Decn Abjiah Chever Willm 

Eastes Benja Newhall Ebenr Burrill al Sworn assesor 

Constabels — John Orn John Batts Sworn Ezra Breed Sworn 

in the Room of Mr Salvenas Hussey accepted by the town 

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Wardens — Jacob Newhall Sworn Jonathan Wellmon Sworn 
Richard Mansfield Sworn Noah Ramsdel Sworn 

Surveiors of highways — James x Purinton — Ezra Breed 
Excused Joseph Edmonds Josiah Newhall 

Tithin men — Ephriam x Newhall Benja Parrott Sworn John 
Rhoads Sworn Edmon Clerk Sworn Danil Townsend 

Fence Viewers — Caleb x Collins John Bassett Sworn Joseph 
Edmonds Josiah Martain Excused Joshua Danforth Sworn Jacob 
Brown Sworn Thomas Stocker 

Hogg Reves Amos Breed Jur Jacob Inguls Grimes Tufts Har- 
ris Chadwell Ezra Coats David Parker all Sworn : Timothy Walton 
Sworn Ezekiel Newhall Sworn 

Leather Sealers — William Farington & James Newhall 

Surveior of Lumber — Ephriam Breed Sworn Moses Hudson 
Eleazer Collins Inguls Sworn 

Caller of Fish Nathan Breed Sworn 

Wood Sealers — Benja Massey James Purinton Increass New- 
hall Jacob Newhall & Ebenr Brown all Sworn 

Bread Wayers — Zephenh Breed Samuel Collins Jr Sworn 
Josiah Martain & Edward x Jonnson Edward x Johnson Clerk of 
ye Market also 

Comitte to take Care of Fish Capt John Mansfield Sworn John 
Collins Caleb Downing Jur Robert Mansfield Jr. these all Sworn 
William Farington Sworn 

Ege Rock Lett to Noah Ramsdel 1 for one Doller the Currant 

year 

that Clause in the Notification with Regard to ye poor — Voted 
to Chuse a Committe to Consider & Report what thay Judge Best 
to Do with Regard to hiring a house for the poor & to Report at 
May Meeting Next 

Committe Ephriam Breed John Hawkes & Samuel Collins Jr 

Turn Over — 

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Nahant Beaches — Let to Allen Breed for Seven Pounds old 
tenner the Currant year with the Same Priviledges & Restriction as 
has Been usual heretofore Lawful — 18-8 

Sedge Islands — Let to Joseph Newhall for the Currant year 
for Twelve Pounds five Shillings Old tenor 

The affair of the Pouder House mentioned in the Notification 

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Left to a Committe to Consider & Report to ye town their opinion 
at May meeting Next 

Comitte — Capt John Mansfield Majr Abner Chever & Decn 
John Burriag 

Petitions — Richerd ses Daniel Tarbox Committed to the 
Comitty for Incroachments to Consider & Report to ye town 

Meeting Adjornd to the 15th Instant at Two of the Clock 
afternoon at the wd Ruth Johnson's Inholder in Lynn 

The town Meet on the adjornment & Voted the Selectmen 
Take advice with Regard to John Orn not appearing to take the 
oath of a Constable (being Chose thereto Last Meeting) and to 
prosecute if they think Best 

A Constable Chose in Orns Rume — Ephriam Sheldon Chose 
Constable Sworn 

Ezra Breed Excused from Serving Surveior of highways 

Joseph Hart Sworn Chose Surveior of high wayes for the 
Curant year in the Rume of Ezra Breed 

hogg Reves Chosen — Benja Bullard Readdan & John Pool 
Both Sworn 

Fence Veiwer — Thomas Stocker Chosen in Rume of Josiah 
Martain 

Meeting Adjornd To Fryday the 19th Instant at 3 of ye 
Clock afternoon at the wd Ruth Johnsons Inholder in Sd town 

The Town Meet on adjornment Ephriam Sheldon was Chose 
Constable on the Last adjornment appeared & was Sworn Sundrey 
other officers appeared & was Sworn as Josiah Newhall Surveior 
of highways &c Meeting Desolved 

[Pag*G 

Notification — Lynn May the 7th 1773 

The Freeholders & other Inhabitants of Sd town that have an 
Estate of freehold in Land within this Province or Teretory of 
40/ pr annum at the Least. Or other Estate to the Value of Fourty 
Pounds Stearling : Are hereby Notified to assemble at the old 
meeting house in Sd town on Wendsday the 19th Instant at two 
of the Clock afternoon Then and there to Elect & Depute one or 
more persons To Serve for & Represent the Sd town in a Great 

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and General Court, appointed to be held & Kept at the Court 
house in Boston upon Wendsday the 26th Day of May Instant 
acording to prcept & also to Se if the town will Make a Grant of 
Money to Defray the Charge of the town for ye Currant year 

Likewise to Se what Instructions the town will Give the Man 
that Shall be Chosen to Represent the town in General Court the 
Currant year — and to Se if the town will Sell Sundry pieces of 
Land Staked out by the Comitte for Incroachments : and Chuse 
& Impower a Comitte to Settle with Mesurs Samuel Sillsbe John 
Richards & Richard Richards for their Improving the towns Land 
at the Black Marsh & also to Se what the town will Do with the 
Old Road that Leads from the place where the Old Meeting house 
formerly Stood : Through Breeds & Burriges Fields to the Old 
Ferrey place at Needham's Landing So Called : 

By Order of the Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill, Town Clerk 

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At a Town Meeting Held in Lynn May 19th 1773 — To Make 
Choice of a Person to Represent the town at General Court the 
Currant year 

Ebenr Burrill Esqr was Chose By a Great Majority 

Deacn Daniel Mansfield was Chosen Moderator for the other 
Bisnes & perticulers in the Notification 

Voted : 180£ To Defray the Charge of the town for the Currant 

year 

Voted to accept the Com-ittes of Corespondants Report with 
Regard to instructions to there Representative 

3dly Voted — Samll Collins Jur & Nathan Breed be added to 
the Com-itte of Incroachments to Conduct the afair of the way & 
Land at the Black Marsh to prevent its washing away with the 
Tide ; Left to Sd Com-itte 

Voted that articule in the Notification Refer ing to the way 
Through the Breeds & Burriages fields be Left the Committe of 
Incroachments & to Report their Dowings there on to the Town 

Voted — So Farr to Recive the Com-ittes Report with Regard 
to Purchsing Tallbutts House & Land to acomadate for the Recep- 
tion of the Poor of the Town Left to the Selectmen 

Voted — Neheamiah Newhalls Petition Be Efcsmist — meeting 
Desolved 

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[Page] 

The Procedings of the Town of Lynn at their Meeting, Duly 
& Legaly assembled on the 19th of May AD — 1773, 

Having Looked over, & we think with Some Degree of Car full- 
ness & Canddor, the Several Speaches of his Exelency the Govner 
of the Province to the councels & house of Representatives in the 
Last Sessions of the General Court & Considred the Do wings of 
the Town of Boston at their Meeting by Adjornment on the 23d 
Day of Last March, it is apparant & Evident that his Excellency 
has Denied that the Towns in the Province have a Legal Right in 
their Corporat Capasity Sepratly to assemble togather in order to 
assert theeir Rights & Privileges — Points out Such Measurs of 
Goverment as they apprehend to be Grevos & Subversive of our 
Exellent Constitution, thretning the Lives & Properties of his 
Majestys Most 'Faithful and Dutiful Subjects & Consult upon proper 
measurs for Redress, and as the Law authorises any Town in the 
province to assemble themsevels togather, when it is apprehended, 
any Bisnes of publick Consernment Makes Such a Meeting proper; 
his Exellency, of Consequence has Denied — the Most Atrocious 
Vialations of the Rights of the people — Endevours to introduce 
a System of Power against Right — the .Distraction of the Lives 
& propertyes of the people, — To be Matters of publick Concerment 
— His Exellency has been pleased to Charge the town of Boston 
with Calling upon (in a Late Circuler letter of theirs) : Every town 
& District in the province to adopt their Princapls as Exprssed in 
their Proceedings & Dowings which that Letter accompanied, — 
We never Considred our Selves invited by that Letter to adopt any 
Principles, But only freely to Cummunicate our own: And we 
Cannot but view his Excellences argument to prove the Charge as 
having Less Weight then His Bare assertion — it has pleased his 
Exellency to affierm, it Must have been Extrmely irregular in the 
towns to take them Sepratly to Determine poinnts which they 

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Thay had no authority to Determine, and in this way to Influance 
if not Determine the acts & Dowings of their Reprsentitives in 
General assembley, who Cannot have the Same Freedom of Think- 
ing & acting after their Constituants had Determined & Resolved, 
Whereby it appears to be a princaple with his Exellency that the 

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Representitives in General assembley have authority to Determine 
Some Points which their Constituents have no authority to Show 
their Sentiments upon, or give them any Instructions thereby Pur- 
posly to influance Such their Determinations; & Give this as an 
argument, that the Representitives Cannot have the Same Freedom 
of thinking & acting after their Constituants had Determined Which 
is an argument that Equally avails against the Regularity of Con- 
stituants Giving Instructions do their Representitives in order to 
Influance their Determinations of any Point whatsoever, — But 
Till his Exellency Shall be Pleased to Draw the Line Between Such 
points as a town Seperately May Regularly give their Sentiments 
upon, thereby to influance the Acts & Doings of their Representitives 
in General assembly & Such Points as they have no authority thus 
to Determine We must think ourselves Invested with the Right 
to Communicate freely our Sentiments to our Representatis upon 
all Points that may Come under the Consideration of the Represen- 
tetives in General Assembly — His Exellency has therefore avowed 
Princeiples of the Most Dangrous Nature & tendancy ; Inconsistant 
with that Liberty to which the People are Entitled as English men ; 
which tends to the Dimenutions of the agust and awfull Influance 
of Power of the People Prinsaples admirably Calculated for the 
Introduction of Dispotisem and to Eradicate Freedom and Happiness 
From the Land 

Turn Over the Leaff 

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Whereas the Many Grievances & Injuries which We have often 
Complained of, So well known & Sensebly felt as to Require no 
Particular Enumeration Still Remain unredressed 

Be it Resolved that our Representative be Instructed to En- 
courage a free Communication with our Sister Colonies Similar to 
the Plan proposed by the Verey Respectable & Patriotic Calony of 
Virginea, which appears to us to be a Measure well adapted to 
Counter act the Evil Designs of the Enemies to our Freedom & 
Restore That Harmony Between, Great Britain and her Colonies 
Essential to the Happiness of Both 

Voted that the above be Entrd on the town Record & a Copy 
therof Delivered to the Committe of Correspondants, To be Sent 
by them to the Com-itte of that Denominations at Boston in Order 

to be Comunicated to that Very Respectable Town 

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John Mansfield Moderator 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders & other Inhabitents (qualified 
by Law to vote) of the town of Lynn Duly and Legaly assembled 
on the 16th Day of Deer Ano Dom 1773 the following Resolvs 
were unanimosly Past Viz — 

1. that the people on the British American Colones by their 
Constitution of Goverment have a Right to Freedom & an Exemption 
from Evrey Degree of oppression & Slavery 

21y That it is an Essential Right of Freemen to have the 
Disposal of their own property & not to be taxed by any power 
over which they have no Control — 

31y that the parlimentry Duty Laid upon Tea Landed in 
America is in Effect a tax upon the Americans with without their 
consent — 

4ly That the Late act of parlement allowing the East India 
Company to Send their Tea to America on thair own account was 
artfully framed for the Purpos of Enforcing & carrying into Effect 
the Oppressive act of Parlement Impoossing a Duty upon Teas 
Imported into America; & is a fresh proof of the Settled & deter- 
mined Designs of the ministry to Deprive us of freedom & Reduce 
us to Slavery 

51y Resolved that we highly Disaprove of the Landing & 
Selling of Such Teas in America & will not Suffer any Teas Sub- 
jected to a parlimentary Duty to be Landed or Sold in this town 
& that we Stand Redy to assist Our Brathren at Boston or Else 
Where Whenever Our aid Shall be Required) in Repelling all 
attempts to Land or Sell any Teas poisoned with a Duty. And 
whereas the Inhabitents of the Town of Boston have Regarly applyecl 
to the Parsons appointed there by the East India Company to 
Receive and vent off their Teas Delivered them to Resign their 
trust but have obestanatly Repeatedly & Daringly Refused 

Now turn over 

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61y Resolved that those Consigneas have Shown a Ready Dis- 
position to become the tules of a vile & corropt Ministrey Suported 
by a venal & Tiraniacal Parlement to Oppress & Enslave their 
native Countrey & Come under the Same Class of infamous Crea- 
tures with the Governors the Commishoners & their Dependants those 

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of Enemies & traitors to their Contrey have manifested the 
Stubidity to Sacrefise Liberty to averise, & the wickedness when 
Occasion Shall Serve to Riot on the Spoils of their Brathren & have,, 
forfeited their Right to pasonal protection & Secuerity 
, 71y that a tribute of Gratitude from us to the patriotic town 
of Boston, for the publick Virtue which thay have Shown in the 
opposition which thay have made to the Ministeral plan for Deluding 
the americans into a Compliance with the Detestable Tea Act — 

Voted that the foregoing Resolves Be Entred on the town 
Records & a Coppy therof be Delivered to the Com-itte of Core- 
spondence to Be Sent to the Com-itte of Corespondance at Boston 

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Decn Mansfield Moderator 

At a Legal Town Meeting in Lynn Janr 17th 1774 after Some 
Debate it was put to vote Whether the List of assessment Should 
be Comitted to John Batt Constable to Collect or not, the Vote passed 
in the Negetive it Should net 

Then the town agreed with Josiah Breed to Collect Sd List & 
to Give him Nine pence on Each Pound for Collecting the Same 
he to give Bonds with Sufficant Bondsmen for Performance when 
he Receives the List Meeting Desolved 

Janr 20 1774 Josiah Breed Sworn Collector 

Essex-ss To Increass Newhall Constable in Lynn Greeting 
(Seal) 

Whereas at a Meeting of the Selectmen of Sd town of Lynn 
htey were Informed that one John Walkley and Abigail his wife 
& Child Named John Latley Moved into Sd town of Lynn Where- 
fore in his Majestys Name you are Required to warn the Sd persons 
Above Named to Depart & Leave Sd town of Lynn, or they will 
be proceded with as the Law Directs & you are alike Required to 
Inquire of Sd persons from whence they came & where they had 
their Last Residence — hereof Fail not & make Returne of your 
Dowings hereon ; 

By order of ye Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill town Clerk 

Dated Lynn March 22d 1774 

Essex-ss Lynn March 22d 1774. I have warned out the within 

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Named Abigail & Child named John — the within Named John 
Walkler not to be found : Increace Newhall Constable of Lynn — 
they had their Last Residince at the town of Waltham 

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Notification for Town Meeting Lynn Febry 21st 1774 The 
Freeholders & other Inhabitents of Sd Town Qualified for Voting. 
— Are hereby Notified to attend a Town Meeting at the Old Meeting 
house in Sd town on the Seventh Day of March Next at ten of the 
Clock in the forenoon to Chuse a town Clerk Treasurer Selectmen 
Constables & all other town officers as the Law Directs 

And to Se if the town will Hire a Collector or Collectors to 
Collect the Taxes the Corrant year & to Se if the town will Lett 
their Sedge Islands and Nahant Beaches & Egg Rock So Calld 
Also if the town will have the Swine go at Large in any part of 
the town — and whither the horses Shall go without Fetters 

Also To Se if the town will Repair or provide a Pound for 
Each Parish in Sd town or otherwise as the town may think Best 

Likewise to Se if the town will open a way for Theophilus 
Burrill to a Common Lott of his through a Common Lott of 
Neheamiah Collinses to pass & Reepass agreable to the Report of 
the Committe that Laid out the Comon Lands in this town as 
appears by the town Records agreable to a petition Sd Burrill 
preferd to the Selectmen of Said Town 

Also to Se if the town will pass a Vote at this Meeting for 
each Surveior of highways to Settle with the Selectmen by the 
first Monday in October Next, and Every person that Shall not have 
Worked out his hightway rat By that time (Being Duly Warnd) 
the assessors Shall put it into his Next Town Rate 

By Order of the Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill Town Clerk 

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At a General Town Meeting March 7th 1774 — To Chuse 
Town Offecers For the Currant year 
Abner Chever Esqr Moderator 
Town Clerk — Ebenr Burrill Esqr Sworn 
Treasurer Benja Newhall & Sworn 

Selectmen & Assesors Ebenr Burrill Esqr Abijah Chever Danil 
Mansfield William Eastes & Benja Newhall all Sworn 

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Collecter — Abner Chever Esqr Sworn to Collect ye Tax & 
to have 9d on the Pound for his Service for Collecting ye Same 

Constables — Tncreass Newhall John Ratt & John Upton All 
Sworn 

Wardens — Noah Ramsdel Richard Pratt Benja Gouldth with 
& James Bancroft 

Surveiors of Highways — Decn Danil Mansfield Elkeny Hawks 
Isaiah Breed and Josiah Breed All Sworn 

Tithen Men — Ephriam Newhall Allen Newhall Kenja Mans- 
field all Sworn, Robrt Mansfield iur Joseph Newhall 

Fence Viewers — William Collins Rami Graves John Batt 
Sworn — Thomas Townsend Sworn : John Bryant & Jacob Newhall 

Hogge Reaves — Mehak Ramsdel Jacob Ramsdel Abednego 
Ramsdel James Breed Jediah Purinton Wiiliam Sweetsir Adam 
Hawkes Jabez Newhall James Edmonds John Burrill Benja Bullard 
Readdan all Sworn Jonathn Bryant John Gowing Jur Josiah New- 
hall Timothy Walton Nathaniel Collins & Benja Bowden Sworn 

Leather Sealer — James Newhall & William Farington 

Surveiors of Lumber — Ephriam Breed Samuel Sillsbee & 
Moses Hudson Sworn & Richard Richards Sworn 

Callers of Fish — Nathan Breed 

Wood Sealers — James Purinton Ebeenr Brown Increass New- 
hall & Benja Massey 

Bread Waiers — Benja Massey Edward Johnson & John Batts 
Clerk of ye Market — Edward Johnson 

Committe to Take Care of the Fish Calld Elwives — Capt John 
Mansfield John Collins Caleb Downing Jur Robrt Mansfield Jur & 
William Farington 

Turn Over the Leaf for the Rest 

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1774 Sedg Islands Lett to Jonathan Wellman for Teen Pounds 
15/ OldTennor 

Nahant Beaches Lett to Salvenas Hussey Isaiah Breed James 
Purinton & Pharaoh Newhall for Five pound Old Tenner, With 
the Usual Priveledges & Restrictions 

Egg Rock Lett to Noah Ramsdel for one Doller this year 
Voted the Swine go at Large in ye North & west Parish only 
Voted to have three Pounds one in Each Parish: Left to the 
Discretion & Direction of the Selectmen to Conduct 

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Field Drivers — Asa Newhall Theophilus Breed & Josiah 
Breed 2 Last Sworn 

Voted Theophilus Burrills Petition be Dismist 

Voted the Highways Shall be Mended agreable to ye Notification 

Voted to accept of Isaiah Breed Surveior in Stead of Joseph 
Gaskel 

Voted Each Surveior of high wayes Shall Settle With the 
Selectmen by the first Monday in Oct Next & Every person that 
Shall not have Worked out his Rate by that time (Being Duly 
warnd) it Shall be putt into his Nex town Rate Meeting Adornd 

Met on ye adjornment — Allen Newhall & Benja Mansfield 
Chose Tithinmen : Sworn — Richard Richards Surveior of Lumber 
Sworn Jacob Newhall & John Batts Chosen Fence Viewers Sworn 

March 28th 1774 Then William Collins was Sworn to the 
Faithful Discharge of propriators Clerk — Before Ebenr Burrill 
Just Peace 

Voted that no horses Cattel or Sheep or Swine Belonging to 
other towns be allowed to go feed or Grase on any of the Com-on 
Land of ye town of Lynn 

Voted Decn Daniel Mansfield — Surveior of highways in the 
Rume Josiah Newhall 

Willm Richerson Joshua Dunfoth Chose field Drivers Sworn 

Benja Bowden hog Reave & Sworn 

Meeting Desolved 

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May 12th 1744 — The Freeholders & other Inhabitents of ye 
town of Lynn that are Qualified to Vote as the Law Directs for 
the Choice of Representives are hereby, Notified to atend a town 
meeting at ye Old meeting in Sd town on Thrsday ye 19th Instant 
at 2 of ye Clock afternoon 

Then & there to Elect & Depute one or more persons to 
Represent them in a Great & General Court appointed to be held 
& Keept for his majestys Services at the Court house in Boston 
upon Wensday ye 25th of May Instant at 9 in Morning &c agreable 
to Prcept 

Likewise to Se what Method ye town will Embrace with Regard 
to ye town Stocke of Amonition — also to Se what the town will 
Do with Regard to ye house the town purchised for ye Reception 
of ye poor whither to make an addition to Sd house & appoint Som 

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person or parsons as Over Sears, or any other way as ye town may 
think Best — and Likewise to Se if the town will axcept of ye 
Reguelation of the Jurey Boxes as the Selectmen have prqwd the 
Lists to Lay Before ye town at this Meeting 

By Order of the Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill Town Cler 

At a Town Meeting Legaly assembled May 19th 1774 Ebenr 
Burrill Esqr was chose to Represent the town at Court 

Decn Danel Mansfield Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 

Voted. To Leave it to the Selectmen to Prepare a place or 
Build a House for the town Stock of amonition 

Voted the Selectmen after the House is Provided the Said 
Selectmen also to provide a Suficent Stock of Amonition according 
as the Law Directs as Soon as may be obtained 

Voted not to make any addition to the work house at this 
Meeting 

Voted to Except of the Lists of Jurvers as the Selectmen have 
Divided them 

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Notification — Lynn June 22d 1774 

The Freeholders & other Inhabitents of This Town are hereby 
Notified to attend a Town Meeting at the Old Meeting House in 
Sd town on Tuesday the 28th of June Instant at two of the clock 
afternoon 

To Consult upon Proper Measures to be Taken by the town 
for the Recovery & Restoration of the Rights & Liberties of 
Ammerica — Ravished from them by the oppresion of the Brittish 
Parliment and Especialy for the Relief of our Metroplas whose 
trade & Commerse upon which they Solely Depend for Subsistance 
is anniolated by the Rigros Execution of the Boston port Bill the 
Cruelty & Injustice of which Cannot but Excit a Just Indignation 
in the Breast of Every American 

Also to Se whither the town will Bear their Proportionable 
part of the Sum of Money allowed by the House of Representitives 
for this province to Defray the Expence of the Com-itte appointed 
by Them to Meet upon a Congress of the Collonies and Determin 
upon a proper Method for Dowing the Same 

By Order of the Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill Town Clerk 

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At a Town Meeting Held in Lynn June 28th 1774 — Capt John 
Mansfield Moderator of Sd Meeting 

To Consult upon proper Measures to be taken by the Town 
for the Recovrey & Restoration of the Rights & Liberties of 
America 

Voted to chuse a Com-itte of .5. men to take the affair into 
Consideration & Report to the town at the Adjornment of Sd 
Meeting 

Comitte — Capt. John Mansfield. Doct. John Flagg Benja 
Xewhall Ebenr Burrill & Deacn Nathall Bancroft 

21y Voted the Second Clause in the Notification be Refered 
to the Adjornment of this Meeting for Consideration 

Voted to pay the Towns proportion of the 500 pounds the 
house of Reprsentetives allowed to Defray the Charge of the Comitte 
appointed to meet upon a congrass of the Collonies 

Voted the Treasurer pay the towns proportion of money out 
of the tresurey when properly aplied to for ye Same 

Voted the Deacns of Each Parish Desire Each Minister to 
attend the Meeting at the adjornment and that Each Minister 
mention to his people after Service the Saboth Before the time of 
the adjornment that there may be a General attendance 

Voted this meeting Be adjornd three weeks from this Day 
then to meet at this house at three of the Clock AfterNoon — 

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At a Meeting of the Inhabitints of the Town of Lynn qualified 
by Law to Vote Legaly & Duly Assembled on the 22d Day of August 
AD 1774 : The Sd Inhabitents Expressed their Sentiments in the 
following word & Votes Viz — 

Being Deeply Sensible of the Dangeros State of the Liberties 
of this province from the Violent attacks of the British Ministry & 
Parleament who Seem Determined in Violation of the Laws of 
Justice and humanity to make us Subservient to their Own Wicked 
ambitious & Mercenary Viewes, We cannot but be Especialy alarmed 
from the Two Last Acts of parlament Whereby our Charter is in 
part Vacated &. the Vitals of our constitution to be Destroyed — 
tending to Establish arbitrary Government — and secure the Most 
atrocious offenders from the Hands of Justice, We Cannot but 
Think ourselves warranted bv the Laws & Nature which are the 

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Laws of God & by the princeples of the Constitution (which is not 
to be altered or Chainged without the Consent of the people) To 
Secure our Selves against the operation of Such Oppressive 
Measures by the Exertion of all the Powers with which we are 
Invested — And it cann Never be Consistant with our Duty to 
Resign ourselves to Sullen Silence or Contented Slavery — and the 
Motion Made by the Town of Marblehead, that there be a Meeting 
of the Several Towns in the County By their Respective Delegates 
to Consult upon the present Exegences of our publick affairs 
therf ore we & c 

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We Apprehend to be Seasonable & that Such a Meeting will 
Probably be attended with Many Salutary & Happy Consequences 
Therefore 

Voted that Capt John Mansfield Doct John Flagg & Decn Daniel 
Mansfield be Delegates for this town to attend a Meeting of the 
County for the purposes afor Sd that May be held at Ipswich on 
the 6th Day of Septr Next or at any other place or any other Day 
or Days as Shall be thought Most Convenient & Suitable by the 
other towns in the County 

Vctfed that the Thanks of the town be given to the Patriote town 
of Marblehead for the Zeal & Attention which they have Shewn 
for the Support of our Most Importent Rights & Liberties 

Voted that a Copy of the Procedings of this Meeting be Sent 
to the Com-ittee of Correspondes at Marblehead : Signed by the 
Town Clerk 

Voted — Decn Daniel Mansfield be added to the Com-ittee of 
Correspondance in the Rume of Josiah Marain Moved out of Town 

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At a Town Meeting Legaly Assembled in Lynn Octbr 3d 1774: 
— For the Choice of Representives 

Voted to Chuse two Persons to Represent them at General 
Court to be holden at Salem Ebenr Burrill Esqr & Capt John 
Mansfield were Chose to Attend the General Court afore Sd 

Voted to Give there Representitives instructions Then Chose 
Decn Daniel Mansfield Moderator 

Voted three hundred pounds to Defray the town Charges for 
the Curant year 

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Voted that the town will not Comince any Needless Law Suitts. 
But will Endever as far as Posable to prevent them : by Leaving 
Debts and Disputs & Trespasses to arbetrators Mutuly Chosen 

Voted — the Town will now Chuse twelve Men three in Each 
quarter of the Town for the Purpose afor Said 

Mens Names — Capt. John Mansfield Edward Johnson Benja 
Newhall Decn Abjah Cheever Decn Frances Smith inr Elkeny 
Hawkes Decn Daniel Mansfield Decn Nathll Bancroft Liut Nathll 
Shermon, James Purington William Eastes and Samuel Collins — 
To Be on Committees to Deside Diferances that May happen Between 
Man and Man as above Mentioned 

Or Any Three of Them 

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Notification — Lynn Deer 19th 1774 

The Freeholders & Other Inhabitints of Sd town Qualified to 
Vote as the Law Directs — are hereby Notifyed to attend a town 
Meeting at the Old Meeting house in Sd town on thursday ye 29 
Day of Deer Instant at twelve of ye Clock on Sd Day. 

first to See if the town will Chuse one or more Delegates to 
Represent them in a Provential Congress to be held at Cambridge 
on the first Day of february Next Insuing or Sooner of Necessary 

21y to Se what Measures the town will Embrace EfTecutly to 
Carry into Execution the association of the Contential Congress. 

31y to Se if the town will order al the out Standing Moneys 
which was payable to Harison Gray Esqr — To be Emediatly Payd to 
Henry Gardner Esqr agreable to a Resolve of the Provential Congers 

41y also to take into Consideration & act on a BreerT Sent to 
the town by the Provintial Congrass for ye Releif of the towns of 
Boston & Charlstown 

51y to Se if ye town will Grant 8511 — 18s — 4d to be paid to 
the Town Treasurer with orders for him to pay the Same to Henry 
Gardner Esqr of Stow 

61y to Se if the town will Raise aqip & Incouriage the Minietmen 
agreable to ye advice of the Congrss 

71y to Se if the town will Direct the Selectmen to take an 
acount of the manae factory s used in this town & Report to ye 
Continental Congers what part thereof is Made in this town 

By order of ye Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill town Cler. 

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[Page] 

The Town of Lynn Legaly Assembled Deer 29th 1774 — After 
the Notification was Read & Consideration thereon Chose Capt. John 
Mansfield Moderator & as the Meeting was Verey Thin, it was 
thought Expedient to adjorn — Accordingly the Meeting was adjorned 
to Thursday Next at twelve of the clock on Sd Day at the Old 
Meeting house in Said town of Lynn Being the 5th of Janry 1775 

The town Meet on the adjornment the Sd 5th of Janry — Capt 
John Mansfield was Chose Deligat to Represent the town in 
Provential Congress to be held at Cambridge on the first of Febr 
Next or Sooner if Nessearey 

Voted — The Town Approves of the association 

Voted to Chuse a Comitte to Carry into Execution ye Resolves 
of ye Association 

Voted to Chuse Seven men on the Committe 

Viz : Capt John Mansfield Doct John Flagg Decn Daniel 
Mansfield Benja Newhall Decn Nathanll Banorft Abner Chever 
Esqr & Decn Abjiah Chever Committee 

Voted the above Comitte have Pecueler Regard to the Resolves 
of Assocation & Provential Congrasses 

Voted the Out Standing Money which was to be paid to 
Harson Gray Esqr be Emeaditly paid to Henry Gardner Esqr & the 
town to Endemnifie the Constables & Collectrs 

Voted with Regard to the Breaf for Boston & Charlston be 
continued to March Meeting next 

Voted & Granted Eighty five pounds 18/& 4d — when collected 
be paid to the town Treasurer for the Use of ye town 

Voted the town treasurer Shall pay the 85-18-4 as above Sd 
to henry Gardner of Stow Esqr 

Voted the Articule in the Notification, with Regard to Minite 
Men be Referd to March Meeting next 

Voted the Selectmen take an account of the manyfactry used 
in this town & Report to the Continental Congrs what part thereof 
is Made in Sd town of Lynn Meeting Desolved 

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Notification For Town Meeting Lynn Febr 20th 1775 
Notice is hereby Given to the Freeholders & other Inhabitents 
of Sd town. Qualified for Voting to attend a Town Meeting at the 
Old Meeting house in Sd Town on Munday the Sixth Day of 

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March Next at ten of the Clock in the forenoon to Chuse a Town 
Clerk Treasurer Selectmen Constabels & all other town Offesers 
as the Law Directs — and to Se if the town will Lett their Nahant 
Beaches, & Sedge Islands & Egg Rock — So Called — and to Se 
if the town will have the Swine Shett up & the horses fettered in 
the town or any part there of Also to Se if the town will Chuse a 
com-itte to Inspect the Schoole in Sd town 

& also to see if the town will pay the Charges of Eijah Ingulses 
Being Moved to the Widow Tarboxes house & for Cleansing Sd 
house of the Small pox after he Gott weell : and for a house to move 
the Sd. Widow Tarbox to Live in ; while the house was cleansed for 
her to Returne again 

Also To Se if the town will Accept of a Way the Selectmen 
have Lattly Laid out in the North part of the town 

And to Se if the town will Make an addition To the house the 
town Latly Purchised for the Reception of the Poor, Or Chuse a 
Committee to Exchange the Same for One that will Acomodate 
the Town Better 

By Order of the Selectmen 

Ebenr Burrill town Clerk 

[Page] 

At A General Town Meeting Held in Lynn March 6th 1775 
For the Choice of Town Of fecers &c 

Deacn Daniel Mansfield was Chose Moderator 
Benja Newhall, Town Clerk & Selectman 

Ebenr Burrill was Chose Town Treasurer for ye Currant year 

Selectmen & Assessors — Abijah Chever Ebenr Burrill Decn 
Daniel Mansfield William Eastes & Benja Newhall 

Constabels & Collectors Ezra Breed Chose to Collect the Rate 
of the people Calld Quakers they to have a List Seprate & he to 
have 5d on ye pound 

Thomas Hawkes Chose Constable & to Collect the Rate & to 
have Nine pence on pound for collecting Ye Same Sworn ye 10th 

Timothy Monrow Sworn the 10th Chose to Collect the tax 
in the North part of the town & to have Ninepence on the pound 

Daniel Newhall iur Chose to Collect the tax ye Remainder of 
the Rate in the East part of ye town & to have nine pence on the 
pound for his Collecting the Same: Sworn ye 10th 

Wordens capt Joseph Gowing Nathanel Hutcherson Sworn 
Neheamiah Ramsdel Sworn ye 10th Dav 

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Surviers of Highways — Joseph Edmonds Sworn ye 10th 
Josiah Breed Sworn Isaiah Breed Sworn ye 10th Thomas Townsend 
Sworn 10th 

Tithin Men Thomas Coax Sworn Ephrim Newhall Swoarn 
Ephriam Larrabe Sworn, Abraham Smith Jacob Inguls Sworn 

Fence Vieuers James Gowing Sworn ye 10th Rann Graves 
Sworn ye 10th William Collins John Batt Jacob Newhall iur Jonathan 
Wellman 

Hogg Reves — Nathanll Collens Sworn Abednego Ramsdel 
Sworn ye 10 Theophs Breed Nathan Newhall Sworn ye 10 Jabez 
Newhall Sworn Ebenr Stocker both Sworn 10 William Mansfield 
Sworn James Brown Sworn 

Leather Sealers — James Newhall & William Farington 
Surviars of Lumber — Ephriam Breed Moses Hudson Eleazer 
Collins Inguls 

Caller of Fish — Nathan Breed Sworn the 10th Day of March 
Wood Sealers — Incress Newhall Benja Massey these 2 Sworn 

ye 10th James Purington Robrt Mansfield Jur Jacob Newhall Jr. 
Bread Weighers — Rufus Mansfield Sworn Joseph Turill 

Sworn ye 10 & Samuel Collins Jur 

Turn Over 

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Clerk of the Market — Edward Johnson Sworn the 10 Day 
of March Instant 

Com-ittee to take Care ye Fish be not obstructed in their 
passage up Stream & Down Capt John Mansfield Decn Joseph Gray 
James Gowing John Swain Edward Johnson Caleb Downing Jr 
Rufus Mansfield Benja Massey all Sworn ye 10 Day and William 
Farington 

Nahant Beache's — Lett to Joseph Gaskel for 5/Lawfull the 
town to have the Same Priviledges as Usual heretofore 

Sedge Island — Lett to David Parker the Currant year for 20/ 
Lawf ull Money : Egg Rock not Lett 

Swine Voted out in the North Parish 

Voted, With Regard to Boston port Bill & the Breaff Reco- 
mended which was put Over to this meeting after Some Debate 
there on the question was put if the town would act there on at 
this meeting & it passes in the Negetive 

Voted when the Minit Men are Raised Listed & aquipt they 
Shall have one Shilling Each for Each half Dav to Encouriage them 

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to meet two half Days in a week to Exersise till ye town order 
Otherwise 

Voted to have three Officers A Captain first and Second Lieu- 
tenant for Each Company 

Voted Each Captain Shall have 6/ for Each two half Days: 
First & Second Letnt 4/ Each for Each two half Days 

Voted — they Be under armes three hours Each half Day 

That articule in the Notification with Regard to the towns 
paying the Charge of Elijah Ingalses Being Movd to the Widow 
Tarboxes house on account of his having the Smole pox was put to 
Vote & pased in the Negative 

The Last Cloase in the Notification with Regard to the house 
for the Better Accomadation of the poor 

Voted to Chuse a Com-itte to Consider what is Best for the 
town : and Report 

Voted Com-itte Capt John Mansfield Decn Danil Mansfield 
Benja Newhall Theopls Breed & John Hawks Then Meeting adjornd 
to this Day fortnite at three of the Clock afternoon 



Lynn February 9th 1775 — Application Being Made to the 
Selectmen of Sd town, By a Nomber of Inhabitents & propriators 
of the North parish in Sd town to Lay out a way. — Accordingly 
the Selectmen this Day Attended that Service (after having Vieued) 
Lad out a way : Viz Through Thomas Townsends Land to a Medow 
Calld Tophat. where is a Casway & Used for a privet way for many 
years. Being the property of Nathanel Shermon So on as the way 
Now & for a Long time been used) So on through Land of Ebenr 
Swinertons as the way now is used — So on as the way is used 
through the Sd Shermons Land out to Reading Rhoad — it is agreed 
and it is So to be understood that the above Named Thomas Town- 
send Nathael Shermon & Ebenr Swinerton : Give their Land for 
Sd way Provided these propriators have Liberty to Hang Gates, & 
Keep them in Repair across Sd Way 

Lynn March 6th 1775 : the above Repor was Laid before the 
town at a full meeting . & the town accepted the Report 

Ebenr Burrill 1 i 1 Thomas Townsend 



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Danel Mansfield 
Benja Newhall 




Nathall Shermon 
Ebenr Swinerton 



March 20, 1775 Then The Town Met aCcording to adiourment 
and Choas Ezra Newhall fence Veiwer 

Tithing Men Nathaniel Hutcherson Jur & Jacob Inguls Jur Sworn 

field Drivers Theophilus Breed Asa Newhall Josiah Breed 
Benja Tarbox Sworn William Richardson Joshua Danforth 

Hog Reue Benja Bowden Sworn March 23 : 1775 Benja Tarbox 
Sworn 

fish Commite Robert Mansfield Jur 
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Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn Ap! 23 : 1775 Notis 

is hearby Given to the freeholders and other of the Inhabitents 

of Sd Town to attend a Town Meeting on this Day as five of the 

Clock afternoon at the old meeting hous to Chuse a Committee to 

Meet the Several Committes from the other Towns in this County 

to Imbrace Such Mesuers as they Shall think Best : for to Defend 

the Sea Ports and also act on any other thing the Town Shall think 

Best at Sd Meeting T , , , . , 

By order of the Selectmen 

Benja Newhall Town Clark 

At a Town Meeting assembled this 23 Day of Apl. : 1775 after 

the Notification was Red and Consideration there on Chose Dec. 

Daniel Mansfield Moderator of Sd Meeting- 
Voted to Chuse a Commite Consisting of three Men to Joyne 

With the other Commites to Consult Sum Mesuers to Defend the 

Sea Ports 

21y Voted that Dec. Daniel Mansfield, the Reverend Mr. Joseph 
Robey and the Reverend Mr. John Tredwell Serve on Sd. Commite 

31y Voted that the Larrim Men Meet togeathe and Chuse 
offisers for Sd Compeny and View arms 

41y Voted that all the Men that are a Bliged to Bair arms in 
Either of the Lists : that they Meet and View their arms all in one 
day : Viz : that the two East Compenevs with the Larrim Men in 
Sd. Compenies Meet at the old meeting house : the west Compeny 
with the Larrim Men in Sd. Compeny to Meet at Mr. Jacob Newhalls 
Innholders : : and the Compeny in the North Parrish at Mr. Ezekiel 
Gowings Inholder all the aBove Compenies to Meet on thusday the 
27 Instant at 3 of the Clock afternoon 

51y Voted That the Minnit Men Receive Billiting in Proportion 
to the Rest of the armey 

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61y Voted that their be a watch kept in the Town to Consist 
of twelve men Each and Every Night 

71y Voted that Benja Newhall Serve as a head to Sett Sd watch 
and that the Selectmen assist in Seting Sd watches if Requiard 

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Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn Apl : 27th 1775 Notis 
is hereby Given to the freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd. Town 
to attend a Meeting at the old Meeting house in Sd. Town at five of 
the Clock this Afternoon : to See what Methord Will Be Best With 
Regard to Billiting and Keeping the Minnit Comeny Imbodied : all 
or Part of them for the Defence of the Town : or otherways to act 
on that or any other things they Shall think Best at Sd. Meeting 

By order of the Selectmen 

Benja Newhall Town Clark 

At a Town Meeting assembeld this 27 Day of Apl: 1775 Dec. 
Daniel Mansfield Choas Moderator of Sd : Meeting Voted to Chuse 
a Committe to Go to the General Cort or the Congress or otherways : 
to know whether the Minnit Company are Under the Pay of the 
Town or Province 

2nd Voted that Decn : Nathl : Bancroft Mr : Edward Johnson 
and Doc : John Flagg be Sd. Committe as a Bove 

31y Voted that the Minnit Company be kept Imbodied and be 
Supplied By the Town till further orders 

41y Voted that this Meeting be adiournd to tusday the Second 
Day of May Next at four of the Clock afternoon at this house 

May 2th: 1775 
Then the Town Met according to adiourment 
51y Voted that the Minnit Compeny Receive No More Pay 
from the Town 

61y Voted that the Selectmen Send a Request to the Commite 
of Safty for Part of the Troops to be Stationed in Lynn for our 
Safty, and to asist in keeping watches 

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Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn May 12th. 1775 The 
Freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd. Town that have an estate 
of freehold in Land Within this Province or territory of forty 
Shillings pr : annum at the Least : or other Estate to the Value of 
fortv Pound Sterling: are hearby Notified to Assembel at the Old 

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Meeting house in Sd. Town on Thusday the Eigtheenth Day of May 
Instant at two of the Clock afternoon : then & there to Elect & 
Depute one or More Persons to Serve for or Represent the Sd. Town 
in a Provencal Congres to be held at the Meeting house in Watertown 
on the 31 Day of May Instant 

21y to See if the Town Will Make a Grant of Money to Defray 
the Charges of the Town for the Currant year and also to act on 
any other thing or things that the Town Shall think Proper at Sd 
Meeting ^ order of the Select Men — 

Benja Newhall Town Clark. 

At a Town Meeting assembeld This 18 Day of May 1775 Then 
the Town Maid Choice of Dec. Nathl Bancroft to Represent the 
Town of Lynn in a Provencal Congress to be held at Watertown on 
the 31 Day of May Instant 

Voted — that Ebenezer Burrill Esqr Serve as Moderator of 
Sd. Meeting 

21y Voted that the Town Rais one Hundred and fifty Pound 
to Defray the Charges of the Town for the Current year — 

31y Voted that Mr. Edward Johnson & Benja Newhall be 
added to the Commite of Corrispondance — and that any three of 
Sd Committee be a Coram to act on any thing that May be Laid 
befour Sd Commite 

41y Voted that Esqr Burrill : Give Permits to Persons to Pass as 
they Shal have occasion and that he Signe Sd Permits as a Magestrat 

51y Voted that their be a Watch Kept at the Lower Landin 
So Cald and also Voted that Capt : David Parker be Capt : of Sd : 
watch (and that) and the Rest of the Watches be Continued or 
Dismist at the Pleasure of the Select-Men 

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Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn May 26 : 1775 The 
Freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd Town that have an Estate 
of freehold in Land Within this Province or Teretory of forty 
Shillings pr. annum at the Least or other Estate to the Value of 
forty Pounds Sterling are hearby Notified to Assembel at the old 
Meeting house in Sd : Town on Munday the Twenty Ninth Day of 
May Instant at two of the clock afternoon Then an there to Elect 
and Depute one or more Persons to Serve for or Represent the 
Sd Town in a Provincial Congress to be held at the Meeting hous 

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in Watertown on the 31st Day of May Instant: in the Room of 
Dec : Nathl Bancroft who was : Choas at the Last Meeting But the 
Sircumstances of his famely Being Such he Declind Serving 

and Also to act on anything or things the Town Shall think 
Best at Sd Meeting 

By order of the Select Men 

Benja Newhall Town Clark 

At a Town Meeting assembeld this 29 Day of may 1775 — Then 
the Town Maid Choice of Mr : Edward Johnson to Represent this 
Town in a Provincal Congress to be held at Watertown on the 31st 
Day of May Instant, in the Room of Dec : Nathl Bancraft who Was 
Choas at the Last meeting But the Sircomstances of his famely 
Being Such Refusd 

Voted that Ebenezer Burrill Esqr Serve as Moderator for Sd 
meeting 

21y : Voted that Capt. Rufas Mansfield & Capt. William farring- 
ton Serve as Captins of the watches for the Bodey of the Town 

31y Voted that the Captains of the Watches Notifye Each Person 
three Days Befour the Time of Watching: and those Persons that 
Shall Refuse (Being Duly Notifyed) they Shall forfit the Sum of 
two Shilling for Every time it shall Come to their turn to watch : 
and the Captins of Sd. watches Shall keep a List of those Persons 
So Neglecting to watch and Returne it to the assessors of this Town 
for them to Put it into their Next Town Rait. 

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Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn July 3th : 1775 
The Freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd Town that have 
an Estate of Freehold in Land Within This Province or Territory 
of Forty Shilling pr : annum at the Least or other Estate to the 
Value of forty Pounds Sterling are hear-by Notifyed to assembel at 
the old meeting hous in Sd Town on Wednesday the Twelvth day 
of July Instant at three of the Clock afternoon then and there to 
Elect and Depute one or More Persons to Serve for and Represent 
them in a Grait and General Cort or assembley to be Convend held 
and Kept for the Service of this Colony untill the Last Wednesday 
of May Next (if Necesery and on Longer) at the meeting house 
in Watertown upon Wednesday the Ninteenth day of July Instant 
a Greeabel to the Resolve to the Continential Congress 

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And Also to Act on any other thing the Town Shall think 
Proper at Sd. meeting — 

By order of the Select- Men 

Benja Newhall Town Clark 

At a Town meeting Legaly aSembeld this 12th Day of July 1775 
Agreabel to the four Going Notification maid Choice of Mr. Edward 
Johnson to Serve for and Represent them the Current year in a 
Grait and General to be held at Watertown 

After the Choice of the Representative as ABove Ebenezer 
Burrill Esqr was Choas Moderator for the Transating the Remainder 
of the Busines of Sd : meeting 

Voted to Chuse a Commite to Joyn with a Commite from 
Maiden to Go to the Cort to Request them to Put a Stop to the 
unnessary traviling of Persons and Teams on the Lord s Day 

Voted that the Revd : Mr. Robey the Revd : Mr: Treadwell 
Ebenezer Burrill Esqr and Mr: Samll Burrill be on Sd. Comite 
as a Bove 

Voted that the Town Will comply with the Request of the 
congress in Regard of Carring their arms to meeting on the Saboth 
and othe meeting Days 

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Notification for a Town meeting Lynn Jany. 10. 1776 The 
Freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd. Town Quallified to Vote 
as the Law Directs, are hearby notifyed to attend a Town meeting 
at the old meeting hous in Sd. Town on Munday the Fifteenth Day 
of ths Instant Jany at three of the Clock afternoon 

To See What methord the Town Will Take to Procuer the 
Hay Sent for and Send it to Cambredge Camp aGreabel to a Late 
Resolve of the General Cort : 

By order of the Selectmen 

Benja. Newhall Town Clark. 

At a Town Meeting assembeled this 15th Day of Jany. 1776 
aGreabel to the four Going Notification the Town Met and Voted 
that Decn Daniel Mansfield Serve as Moderator of Sd Meeting 

21y Voted that the Select-men Be a Commite to Purchis the 
hay Sent for By the General Cort and Send it to Cambredge Camp 
as cheap as they Can and the Town to pay What it Should Cost 
over what the Cort has Sett it at 

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1776 Notification for a Town: Meeting Lynn Feb :y 22: 1776 
The Freeholder and other Inhabitents of Sd Town Qualified for 
Voting as the Law Directs to attend a Town Meeting to be held at 
at the old meeting hous in Sd. Town on Munday the fourth Day 
of March Next at ten of the Clock in the fournoon in order to 
Chuse a Town Clark Treasurer Selectmen Constabels and all other 
officers as By Law Required 

21y To See if the Town Will Lett Nehant Beaches and their 
Sedge Islands 

31y To See if the Town Will Lett the Swine go at Large and the 
Horses Without fetters in any Part of Sd Town 

41y To See if the Town Will Chuse overseers for the Poor 
of Sd Town 

51y To See if the Town Will Chuse a Committe to Take Care 
of the Intrest Left the Town by Mr. Joseph Gould Dect and Make 
Report at the Next May Meeting — 

61y To See if the Town Will Voat for a County Regester of 
Deeds 

71y To See if the Town Will Chuse a Committe of Corrispond- 
ance Inspection and Safty Agreabel to a Late Resolve of the 
General Cort 

81y To See What the Town Will Do Respecting that Part 
of the Last years highway Rate that is Not Workt out 

By order of the Select-Men 

Benja Newhall Town Clark 

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Lynn March 4th. 1776 
At a General Town Meeting Legualy Assembled Dec. Daniel 

Mansfield Choas Moderator for Sd. Meeting Benja : Newhall Choas 

Clark assesor Select-Man & Sworn Dec : John Burrage Choas 

Treasurer for Sd : Town & Sworn 

Select-men and assessors Samll. Swetser James Purington John 

Perkins and James Newhall and all Sworn to their officeses 

Cunstabels Thomas Hawks Sworn : Elazer Lindsey Sworn John 

Orn William Mansfield Choas as ye adiournment and Sworn 

Wardins Josiah Rhoads Aaron Newhall James Gowin Sworn 
Survairs of Highways — Isaiah Breed Sworn Josiah Breed 

Sworn Leut : John Upton Sworn Joseph Edmunds Sworn 

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Tithing Men Ephiram Newhall Sworn Ephiram Larribe Sworn 
Ephiram Rhoads Sworn Adorn Hawks Samuell Boardman Theo- 
philus Breed 

Fence Vewers James Gowin Sworn : Jonathan Welman Rand 
Graves William Collins John Basset Sworn Isaiah Newhall John 
Batts Sworn Jacob Newhall Jur. Sworn 

Hog Reves Adorn Hawk Sworn : John Burrill Jur. Sworn : 
Joseph Gaskil Sworn Amos Breed Jur Sworn Samll : Mansfield 
Sworn — Robert williams Samll Breed Sworn Daniel Breed Sworn 
Nehemiah Ramsdil Sworn 

feald Drivers Asa Newhall Henry Bachelor 

Leather Sealers Capt William Farrington Leut. James : Newhall 

Clark of the market Mr. Edward Johnson 

Survair of Lumber Samll. Silsbe 

Wood Sealers Increas Newhall Sworn Benja. Massay James 
Purington Robert Mansfield — Jacob Newhall Jur 

Bread Wairs — Joseph Turel Sworn Rufas mansfield Sworn 

Fish commite Colo. John Mansfield Sworn James Gowin Sworn 
Edward Johnson Sworn Caleb Downing Jur. Capt. Rufas Mansfield 
Sworn Benja. Massey Capt. William Farrington Robert Mansfield 
Richard Mansfield Edward Johnson Jur Nathl Hutcherson Jur 

Commite to take Care of ye Beaches Isaiah Breed : Pharoah 
Newhall & Isaac Basset and The Town to Have the Same Privelg 
as usual 

Sedge Island Lett to Josiah Newhall he Paying to the Town 
Five Dollers and three Quarters for the Currant year 
Voted that the Hogs go at Large the Currant year 
Caller of Fish Nathan Breed 

Carrid up to the other Side 

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Voted That the Constabels or Colecter Shall Have Nine Pence 
on Each Pound they Shall Colect for the Currant year they Giveing 
Bonds to the Satisfaction of the assessors for ye Same 

Voted to Chuse oversear for the Poor of Sd. Town : and maid 
Choice of Theophilus Breed Samll. Collins and Joseph Ballard : 
But upon the adiornment of this meeting the Sd. Oversears Ware 
Excused from Serving By a Vot of Sd. Town 

Voted That the Selectmen 'be a Commite to take Care of the 
Interest Left the Town by Mr. Joseph Gould Dect : and the Sd. 
Commite Reeving it to Give a Recit in Behalf of Sd. Town 

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Voted that Colo John Mansfield Abnor Chever Esqr. Doc : John 
Flagg Samll: Burrill Dec. Daniel Mansfield and Aded on the 
adiounment of this meeting Theophilus Breed & Daniel Newhall 
Jur to be a Commite of Corrispondance Inspection and Safty 

Voted That the Survairs of highways Work out the Remainder 
of the Last years highway Rate this year 

Voted that this meeting be adiourned to Munday the Eleventh 
Day of this Instant March at three of the Clock in the afternoorf 
at the old Meeting hous — 

Lynn March 11 1776 Then the Town Met aGreabel to adioun- 
ment Voted That the Select-Men Prosacute Mr: John Orn for his 
Refusing to Serve as Constabel 

Lynn March 8 : 1776 

Notification for a Town Meeting : the Freeholders and other 

Inhabitents of this Town Qualified for Voting as the Law Directs 

to attend a Town meeting to be held at the old meeting hous in 

Sd Town on Munday the Eleventh of this Instant March at three 

of the Clock in the Afternoon To Se if the Town will Imbrace any 

measuers for Procuring and Keeping a Watch for the Defense and 

Saftv of Sd. Town _ , e . 

By order of ye Selectmen 

Benja Newhall Town Clark 
At a Town Meeting Legualy asembled This 11 Day of March 

1176 

Dec. Daniel Mansfield Choas moderator 

Voted That the Selectmen and Abnor Chever Esqr Set the 
Number of Persons that are to Keep watch for the Safty of ye : 
Town and Whair they Shall watch 

Voted That the Captins of the Compeny Set Said Watches 
Voted that the Survairs of highways alow to Each Team that 
Shall Work on the Highways four Shillings Exclusive of the Driver 

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Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn Apl : 19: 1776 The 
Freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd : Town Qualified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hearby Notified to attend a Town Meeting 
to be Held at the Old Meeting House in Sd. Town on Munday the 
Twenty: Second day of This Instant Apl: at three of the Clock in 
ye. afternoon To See if the Town Will Chuse a Deligate for a 
County convention to be held at Ipswich on the Twenty Second of 

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of this Instant Apl : aGreabel to a Request of the Commites of 
Corripondants Inspection and Safty of Salem & Marbelhead 

By order of the Select-Men 

Benja : Newhall Town Clark 

At a Town Meeting Legualy Assembled this 22 of Apl: 1776 
Dec. Daniel Mansfield was Choas moderator of Sd: Meeting 

Voted that Mr. Samll : Burrill Serve as a Deligate at the County 
Convention to be Held at Ipswich on the 25th of this Intant Apl : 
In order to Petition to the General Cort for a Just and fair Repre- 
sentation at Sd. Cort or otherway as he the Sd. Deligate Shall 
think Best 

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Notification For a Town Meeting Lynn May 18: 1776 

The Freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd : Town that have 
an Estate of Freehold in Land Within this Province or Territory 
of Forty Shilling Per Annum at the Least or other Estate to the 
Value of Forty Pounds Sterling are hearby Notified to assembel 
at the old Meeting house in Sd. Town on Tusday the Twenty first 
Day of May Instant at three of the Clock afternoon Then and there 
to Elect and Depute one or more Persons to Serve for and Represent 
them in a Grate and General Cort or Assembly to be Convened held 
and Kept for the Government Servis at the Meeting hous in 
Watertown upon Wednesday the Twenty ninth Day of may Instant 

21y To See if the Town Will make a Grant of Money to Defray 
the charges of the Sd. Town for the Current year 

31y To See if the Town Will Give their Debety Instructions 
aGreabel to a Late Resolve of the Cort and also to Act on Any 
other thing or things they Shall think Proper at Sd Meeting 

By order of the Selectmen 

Benja Newhall Town Clark 

At a Town Meeting Legually Assembeled this 21 of May 1776 

Voted that the Select-men Invite the Several Minesters to come 
to the anaual Meetings in order to Begin the Meeting With Prayer 

Then the Town Made Choice of Mr: Edward Johnson to 
Represent them in the General Cort for the Insuing year 

Dec: Nathaniel Bancraft Choas moderator for to finish the 
other Business of Sd meeting 

Voted to Raise three Hundred Pound to Defray the Charges 
of the Town for the Current year 

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Voted that this Town Will agee to and a Bide By any mesuers 
that the Contenatal Congress Shall think Best to Imbrace for the 
Good of this Continant — 

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Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn July 12:1776 The 
Freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd. Town Qualified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hearby Notified to attend a Town meeting to 
be held at the old meeting hous in Sd. Town on Munday the 
Fifteenth Day of this Instant July at four of the Clock afternoon 
To See if the Town will Rais a Sum of money for those Soldiers 
that are now to be Raised for the Expedition at Canaday: and if 
they Shall See fit to Rais any: in What way or Maner they will 

^ a * S By order of the Select-Men 

Benja. Newhall Town Clark 

At a Town Meeting Legualy assembled This 15 of July 1776 
aGreabel to the aBove Notification Dec. Daniel Mansfield Was Choas 
moderator for Sd. meeting 

Voted that ye Town Will Give Ninty one pounds to those ten 
men Now to be Raised for the Expedition aGainst Caneday the 
one half to be Drawn out of the Tresurey of Sd. Town: and the 
other half the Town is to be assessed for in the Next Town Rate 

21y Voted that the Select-men and commishoned officers Procure 
Guns for those men Going to Canaday that Cant Provide for 
themselves they Giveing Secuerty to Sd. Select-men & officers for 
Sd. Guns 

31y Voted that the Select-men Recive of the Executors of 
Mr. Joseph Gould Dect the money (or Noats of hand to their 
Satisfaction) for the Legesy Left the Town by Sd. Gould 

Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn July 18: 1776 The 
Freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd. Town Qualified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hearby Notified to attend a Town Meeting 
to be held at the old meeting hous on Munday the Twenty Second 
day of this Instant July at four of the Clock afternoon To See if 
the Town Will Rais a Sum of Money for those Soldiers that are 
Now to be Raised for the Defence of the United Colonies and if 
they Shall See fit to Rais aney in What way or Maner they will 

^ a ^ S By order of the Select-Men 

Benja. Newhall Town Clark 

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At a Town Meeting Legualy assembled this 22 Day of July 1776 
Second 

aGreabel to the fourgoin Notification Dec. Daniel Mansfield was 
Draft of 

Choas moderator 
Men for 

Voted that the Town Will Pay to Each Soldier Going in ye 
Canaday 

Servis to Canaday the Sum of ten Pounds the one half to be taken 
out of the Town Tresury and the other half the Town is to be 
assessed for in the Nex Town Rate 

Voted that the Select-men are hearby Impouered to hiar a 
Sufficient Sum of money for those Soldiers Going in the armey if 
there is Not a Nough in the Tresure 

Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn July 31 : 1776 The 
Freeholders and other Inhabitents of Sd Town Qualified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hearby Notified to attend a Town meeting 
to be held at the old meeting hous in Sd Town on Fryday the 
Second Day of Augt. Nex Insuing at four of the Clock afternoon 

To see if the Town Will Rais a further Sum of money for 
those Soldiers Now Raising for the Defence of the Colonies : the 
Last Voat of the Town not Being SufTishant to Procuer the men : 
and if they Shall see fit to Rais any in What Way or Maner they 
Will Rais it 

By order of the Select-Men 

Benja. Newhall Town Clark 

At a Town Meeting Legualy assembled This Second Day of 
Augt. 1776 aGreabel to the fourgoing Notification for Raising money 
for the Soldiers for the Defence of the Colonies 

Dec. Daniel Mansfield was Choas moderator of Sd. Meeting 
Voted that the Town will aLow five pounds to Each of those ten 
Soldiers now to be Raised as a further adition to what was Voted 
at the Last meeting: — and also Voted that if it Shall be Thought 
fit by the Select-men and feald officers to Rais a Eleventh man 
that there be a further adition of five Pounds for Sd. man: and 
also Voted that the money be Drawn out of the Tresurey 

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Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn Sept. 28, 1776 The 
Freholders and other Inhabitents of this Town are hearby Notified 
to attend a Town Meeting at the old Meeting hous in Said Town 
on Tusday the first Day of October Next in Sewing, at three of 
the Clock Afternoon 

To See if the Town Will Give their Consent that ye Present 
General Cort Should Consult, a gree on, and Enact, Such a Con- 
stitution and form of Government for this State as the Said Cort 
shall Judge Will be for the Safty peas, and Happiness of this State: 
a Greabel to a Late Resolve of Said Cort 

21y — To See if the Town Will Pay the Charges of Raising 
the Soldiers that are Now Raied to Go to New York and Return 
the money to those Persons a Gain that have advanced it — a Greabel 
to a Petition for that purpas or otherway Act on Said Petition as 
they Shall think Best — 

31y — To See if the Town Will Sell the Grait Gun belonging 
to Said Town : and also the Barn Belonging to the Work hous : 

By Order of the Select-Men 

Benja. Newhall Town Clark 

At a Town Meeting Legualy assembled this first Day of October : 
1776 aGreabel to the four Going Notification: Dec. Daniel Mansfield 
wa Coas. moderator 

Voted that the Parragraft in the notification Refering to the 
form of Government be Refered to the adiourment of this meeting 

21y Voted That those men that have advanced the money to 
the Soldiers that are Gone in the armey a Greabel to the four Going 
Notification: that they be Paid their money aGain by the Town 

and also that those men that are Gone on their one aCcount in 
the Sam Compeny Receve on a Nauerig with the Rest from Sd. Town 

31y Voted the Grait Gun and Barn be Sold for the Benifit of 
the Town 

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41y Voted That this meeting Be adiourned to Tusday the 
Eight Day of this Instant October at three of the Clock afternoon 

Octr 8:1176 Then the Town Met aGreabel to adiournment — 
and after Considerabe Debate and Consideration on that Part of 
the Notification Conserning the form of Goverment the Town Came 
to a Vote 

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Voted — That the Present Hous of Representative of this 
State of the Massachuset Bay: together With the Council if they 
Consent in one Body With the Hous and by Equal Voice May, 
Consult, a Gree on, and Enact, Such a Constitution and form of 
Goverment for this State as they Shall Judge Will Most Conduce 
to the Safty, Peas and Happiness thereof : in all after Generations, 
in Case that the Same Shall be Published and Laid befour the 
Several Towns in this State for their apprebation : Befour the 
Ratification by the assembly 

Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn Novem 27: 1776 The 

Freeholders and other Inhabitents of This Town Qualified as the 

Law Directs are hearby Noticed to attend a Town Meeting to be 

held at the old Meeting hous in Sd. Town on Munday the Second 

Day of December Next Insuing at three of the Clock afternoon — 

To See if the Town Will Give the Soldiers that are now to be 

Raised for the Defence of the Amerrican States any Incurragement 

to inlist into Said Servis, or otherways aGree Whith them as they 

Shall think Best — „ « . . „ . 

By order of the Selectmen 

Benja. Newhall Town Clark 

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At a Town Meeting Legualy assembeled This Second Day of 
December 1776 and aGrabel to the fourgoing Notification: Abnor 
Chever Esqr Was Choas moderator of Sd. meeting 

Voted That the Soldiers that are Now to be Raised for the 
Armey have ten Pounds Paid to Each man as a Bounty : When Redy 
to march for ye armey 

Voted that there be Paid to Each Man that Shall List twenty 
Shillings upon his Listing as Part of the aBove Bounty 

Voted that the Select-men bee and Hearby are Impowerd to 
hiar money to Pay the Soldiers as a Bove 

Voted that the Treasurer bee Directed to Call in all the Towns 
Debts as Soon as he Can Convenently 

A Notification for a Town Meeting Lynn Feb :y 27:1777 The 
Freeholder and other Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Qualified 
for Voting as the Law Directs are hearby Notified to attend a Town 
metting to be held at the old metting hous in Sd : Town on Munday 
the Third Day of march Next at ten of the Clock in the Fournoon — 
to Chuse a Town Clark, Tresurer, Select-men, Constabels and all 
other officers as the Law Directs 

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21y To See if the Town will Limmit the Time for the Alwives 
Passing up the Several Streams into the Ponds in Sd: Town 

31y — To See if the Town Will Grant the Sundry Peases of 
Land to those Persons that have taken them in & Paid for them 

41y To See if the Town Will Lett Nehant Beches & Sedge 
Islands in Sd Town 

51y To See if the Town Will Let the Swine Go at Large and 
the Horses Without feters in any Part of Sd : Town 

61y To See if the Town Will Chuse a Commite of Corrispond- 
ance Inspection and Safty for Sd : Town 

71y — To See if the Town will Chuse oversear for the Poor of 
Sd : Town 

81y To Se if the Town Will Imbrace any Mesuers to Rais the 
men that are to be Raised for the Defence of these States 

By order of the Selectmen 

Benja. Newhall Town Clark. 

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At a Town metting Legualy asembled This Third Day of 
March 1777 for the Choice of Town officers &c Colo : John Mansfield 
Choas Moderator of Sd : metting 

Benja: Newhall Choas Clark Select man & assesor Sworn 
Decn. John Burrage Tresurer Sworn 

Selectmen & asesors James Purington Samll : Swetser Capt John 
Perkins Leut. James Newhall all Sworn — 

Constabels — Thomas Hawks Sworn Ezra Burrill Sworn Leut : 
Nathaniel Shearman Sworn 

Wardens Josiah Rhoads James Gowin Sworn Ignatius Rhoads 
Sworn 

Survairs of highways Isaiah Breed Sworn Timothy Munro 
Sworn Joseph Edmunds Sworn Ezra Breed Sworn 

Tithing Men Ephiram Newhall Ephiram Larribe Theophilas 
Breed Benja Gouldthwrite Sworn 

Fence Veiwers Thomas Stocker, Joseph Edmunds John Basset 
Isaiah Breed Samll Mansfield John Burnham all the Fence Viewers 
Sworn 

Hog Reves Nehemiah Ramsdil Sworn, Ralph Merry Sworn 
John Basset Sworn Mathew Estes Samll. Collins Jur : Jonathan 
Welman James Brown Sworn Benja. B. Redan Sworn Nathan 
Hawks Swoarn Ezra Coats Lemawell Allin 

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Field Drivers Henry Bachelor Sworn Asa Newhall Sworn 

Lather Sealers Lt James Newhall Capt : William Farrington 

Clark of Market Edward Johnson 

Survairs of Lumber Samll : Silsbe Ephiram Breed 

Wood Sealers Increas Newhall Sworn Benja. Massey Sworn 

James Purrington Sworn Jacob Newhall Jur Henry Bachelor Sworn 

Robert Mansfield Jonathan Brown Turn Over 

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The Remainder of March Metten for 1777 Bread Wayers Benja 
Masey Sworn Capt : Rufas Mansfield Swoarn 

Fish Committe Colo: John Mansfield Sworn Capt: Willm 
Farrington Edward Johnson — Benja : Massey Edward Johnson Jur 
Robert Mansfield Sworn, Richard Mansfield Sworn Henry Burchsted 
Ezra Burrill James Going Sworn Timothy Munro Sworn Nathl: 
Hutcherson Sworn Henry Bachelor Sworn 

Committe to take Care of the Beach Isaiah Breed Pharoah 
Newhall Isaac Basset 

Voted Mr. Josiah Newhall have the Sedge Islands the Currant 
year he Paying Eight Dollers there for 

Commite of Corrispondanc Inspection & Saf ty 

Voted that Doct. John Flagg Colo. John Mansfield Samll : 
Burrill Decn : Daniel Mansfield Daniel Newhall Thomas Stocker & 
Benja. Johnson Serve for the Currant Year 

Voted That the Town Will Give to Each man that Shall Inlist 
in the Service of this Stat for This Town for Three Years or During 
the war the Sum of Fourteen Pounds to be Paid By the Select men 

Voted That if any man have alredy Inlisted into Said Servis 
and Have Reed : any Sum of money Short of the aBove Bounty 
that he be maid up that Sum : and the Person to be Reimbusted that 
Money be Paid by the Town 

Voted That the Time Limmited for the Alwives having a Clear 
and free Pass up the Streams into the Ponds be from the Twenteth 
Day of Aperil to the Eighteenth Day of June following 

Voted That the Several Peases of the Town Land that have 
Been taken in and Paid for to the Commit for that Purpas Be 
Rcorded to those Persons that Purchast Same 

Voted That the Selectmen Imbrace the Best means they Can 
to Procuer the Money to Pay the Soldiers Going in the armey By 
hiaring or otherwavs 

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Voted That this metting be adiourned to the 17 of this Instant 
at thre of the Clock afternoon 

March 17 1777 Then the Town Met aGreabel to adiournment 
and choas Sum hogreves &c as they are Rcorded with the Rest 
by that Reason they are not mentioned hear : Then this metting 
was adioured to the 20 of this Instant When the Town Met a Greabel 
Thereto : and Maid Choice of Ezra Burrill to Serve as Constabe 
for the Current year 

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Notification for a town Meeting Lyn May the 16th 1777 The 
Freeholders & Other Inhabitents of Sd: Town That, have an Estate 
of Freehold in Land within this State or Territory of forty Shillings 
per annum at the Least or Other Estate to the Vallue of Fifty pounds 
Starling are Hereby Notified to Assemble at the Old Meeting House 
in Sd : Town on Thursday the 22d Day of May Instant at three 
of the Clock After Noon then & their to Elect & Deppute one or 
More Persons to Serve for & Represent them in a Grate and General 
Cort to be Conveaned Held and Kept for the Service of this State 
at the State House in Boston on Wednesday the Twenty Eighth Day 
of this Instant May 

2dly To See if the Town will Make a Grant of Money to Defray 
the charges of the Town for the Currant Year 

3dly To See if the Town Will Give their Debety Instructions 
aGreeable to a Late Resolve of the Genaral Cort 

4thly To See if the Town Will mak Any Addition to the Wages 
of those that work on the Highways 

5thly To See if the Town will Impower the Selectmen To 
Procure A House for those that May be taken with the Small pox 
by Purchising or Otherways as they Shall See fit 

6thly To See if the Town Will Accept of a way laid Out 
by the Selectmen from the Road through John Hawks pasture to 
Mr. Jonathan Tarbals Farm 

By Order of the Selectmen 

Benja. Newhall Town Clark 

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At A Town Meeting Legaly Asembled this 22d Day of May 
1777 the Following Vots was passed — Viz 

1st To Choose one Person to Represent Sd Town 

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2 Edward Johnson Serve for & Represent the Town The 
Currant Yeare at the Grate and General Cort To be Held at Boston 

Voted 3dly Decn Daniel Mansfield be Moderator for Trans- 
acting The Remainder of the Bisness of Sd. Meeting 

Voted 4thly To Raise Five Hnudred pounds to Defray Town 
Charges 

Voted 5thly That the Representetive Joyn with the Counsel in 
Drawing up a form of Goverment for this State 

Voted 6thly To Raise the prise of Work at Highways to three 
Shillings per Day 

Voted 7thly That a teem be Set at five Shillings per Day at 
Highways 

Voted 8thly That the Selectmen procure a House to put persons 
In that May be Taken With the Small pox 

Voted 9thly The Selectmen Look out for a House & Make a 
Return at the Next town Meeting 

Voted lOthly To Refer the Last Claues in the Warant to the 
Next Town Meeting 

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The freeholders & Other Inhabitence of the Town of Lynn 
Quallified for Voting as the Law Directs are Hereby Notified to 
asamble at the Old Meeting House in Sd. Lynn on Tuesday the 
Tenth Day of this Instant June at Three O'clock After Noon 

1st To See if the Town Will Choose a Town Clark & a 
Selectmam in the Room & Stead of Benja. Newhall Late of Lynn 
Deed 

2dly To See if the Town Will Choose a Committe to Prepare 
the House to put Persons into that May be Taken with the Small 
Pox if the Town Sees Cause to Accept of the Return of The 
Selectmen Agreeable to a Vote of the Town at their Last Town 
Meeting 

3dly To See if the Town Will Choose Som Persons to Cary 
Into Exuction the Act to Prevent Menopolv and Oprescion Agreeable 
to a Late Act of the General Court — 
Lynn June 2nd 1777 

James Purintun ^ 
James Newhall > Selectn 
Samuel Sweetser J 
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At a Town Meeting held at Lynn the 10th Day of June 1777 
William Collins Chosen Town Clark in the Room of Benja 
Newhall Deceased & Sworn the 12th 

Voted 2nd William Collins Selectman 

Voted 3dly Not to Accept the Return of the Selectmen in 
Looking out a House for the Small pox 

Voted 41y To Choose A Committee to Provide a House to put 
Persons in that My have the Small pox 

Voted 51y Theophilus Breed Coll John Mansfield & Josiah Breed 
be a Committee preepare a House To put persons in that May he 
Taken With the Small pox 

Voted 61y That their Shall be five Men in the Comittee to put 
the Regulating Acts of the Court in Exucution 

Voted 71y Samuel Smith Capt Joseph Gowing Mair. David 
Parker Capten Rufus Mansfield Josiah Breed 

[Page] 

Be a Committee to put the Acts of the General Court to prevent 
Menopoly & Oprescion in Exceuution 

81y That they Accapt of the Return of the Selectmen in Laying 
Out A Road Through John Hawkes pasture To Jonathan Tarbels 
Land 

This is to Notify the Freeholder & Other of the Inhabitence of 
the Town of Lynn Quallified to Vote as the Law Directs to Attend 
a Town Meeting at the Old Meeting House in Lynn on Tusday the 
First Day of July Next at Foure Oclock After Noon to Choose a 
County Registrer of Deeds in the Room of Timo Pickering Esqr 

2dly To See if the Town will Give the Committee Choosen To 
Provide a House to put Persons in that May be Taken With the 
Small Pox any Further power 

3dly To See if the Town Will Provide a Stock of ammanition 
Lynn June the 26th 1777 ^ Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Town Clark 

At A Town Meeting Held in Lynn July the 1st 1777 Decn 

Daniel Mansfeild Chosen Moderator 

Brought in Vots for a County Regiester of Deeds 

Voted The Comittee Chosen at the Last Meeting to Provide A 

House to put persons in that my be Taken With the Small pox By 

or Buld a House for that purpus 

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Voted Richard Breed & Capt Holten Johnson be added To the 
Afore Sd Committee to Provid a House for the Small pox 

Voted The Selectmen Provide a Stock of ammantion for the 
Town 

[Page] 

At a Town Meeting Held in Lynn the 13 days of august 1777 

Decn Daniel Mansfield Chose Moderator — After Hearin the 
Resolves of the Genera Court Red 

Voted — Each man that Shall go in the Service of this State 
for this Town to the Last Day of November Shall Receve a Towns 
Bounty of Ten Pounds 

Voted — The Selectmen Apply for fier armes to Supply Sd 
Town 

Voted — The Selectmen Hier Money & Give their Nots In 
Behalf of the Town to Defray the charges of Raising the Above 
Sd Men & Percuring Sd arms 

This is to Notifie the Freeholders & Other of the Inhabitence 
of the Town of Lynn Quallified to Vote as the Law Directs to 
attand a Town Meeting on Wednesday the 27th of this Instent at 
Foure oclock Afternoon at the Old Meeting House in Lynn to See 
What Method the Town will Take to Raise the Remainder of their 
Quota of Men to Fill Up The Continental Army or to Act on 
Any Other Thing that May think proper 

Pr Order of the Selectmen 

Lynn August the 23rd 1777 

William Collins Town Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn August the 27 1777 — Decn 
Daniel Mansfield Chosen Moderator 

[Page] 

Voted — To Choose A Committe to Percure Men to fill Up 
our Quoto of the Continental Army 

Voted — Mr. James Newhall Captn Holten Johnson & Mr. 
Joseph Ballard be a Comitte to Percure Sd Men : 

Voted — The Sd Comitte Percure Nine Men at the Lowest 
they can go to In List in the Serveis & go for This Town For the 
Term of three Years on During the warr and the Town to pay 
the Bounty 

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Voted — The Sd Comittee Mak Return of their Doings to the 
Coll on the 5th Day of Sepr Next 

The Inhabitenc of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting As 
the Law Directs Are hereby Notefied to Attand a a Town Meeting 
at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Friday the 19th of this 
Instent at two o Clock After Noon to See What Method the Town 
will take to To Supply the Families of those Soldiers Gone in the 
Continental Service for this Town Agreeable to A Resolve of the 
General Court 

2dly — To See if the Town will Reimbust the Money to all 
those Men that have been Draughted & Hired Men to go In the 
Service in their Room & Also to See if the Town Choose a Comitte 
to Hier the Men that My be Called for to go in the Service for the 
Futer agreeable to the Request of a Number of Petitioners 

4thly To See if the Town will Make an additional Grant of 
Money to that Made Last may to Defray the Town Charges — 

Lynn Deer 18th 1777 Per Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Town Cler 

[Page] 

At A Town Meeting held at Lynn the 19th Day of Deer 1777— 
Modrator — Colli John Mansfield 

Voted — To Choose a Committee Agreeable to the warrant 
to Suply the Families of those Gone in the Contenental Armey for 
this Town 

Voted — Samuel Burrill Theophilus Breed & Coll John Mans- 
field be Committe to Supply the Afore Sd Families of those Gone 
in the Continental Armey agreeable to the Act of the General Court 

Voted — To Choose a Committee to Examine the Petition 
Mentioned in the Warrant & those Persons whoe have Hiered Men 
to go in the Service in their Room 

Voted — that the Capts & Lutenents of Each Compiney be a 
Committee to Examine into the Above Sd Articles 

Voted — To Refare Choosing a Comittee to Hier Men to Go 
in the Service to the Next Town Meeting 

Voted — To Raise Three Hundred pounds in Addition to what 
was Voted Last May 

The Freeholders & Other of the Inhabitence of the Town of Lynn 
Quallified to Vote As the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to attand 
A Town Meeting on Tuesday the 13th Instant At one Oclock After 

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Noon at the Old Meeting House in Sd. Town to here the Articles 
of Confederation & to See What Instructions the Town will Give 
Their Representetive Agreeable to the Request of the General Court 
also to See if the Town Will have the Invoice taken in Agreeable 
to the Tax Bill or will allow of Som Other Method to Proced in 

At a Town Meeting held at Lynn the 13 Day of Jany 1778 
Moderator Mr. Samuel Burrill 
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The Inhabitence of the Town of Lynn Quallified to Vote as 
the Law Directs are hereby Notified to Attend a Town Meeting At 
the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Monday the 2d Day of March 
Next at 10 Oclock in the Fore Noon then & Their to Choose a 
Town Clerk Treasurer Select Men Constables And All Other Town 
Officers as by Law Required and to Lett the Nehant Beeches & 
Sedge Islands — Also to See if the Town Will Let the Swine go 
at Large & the Horses withOut fetters 

Also to See if the Town will Vote the North Parish in Sd Town 
off from Sd Town as a District Agreeable to the Request of fifteen 
Petitioners 

Also to See if the Town will Vote Each Parish their Equeil 
Perportion of Town & Selectmens Meetings Agreeable to the 
Requeast of a Number of Petitioners 
Lynn Feby : 21 1778 Pr Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Town Cler 

[Page] 

At A General Town Meeting held in Lynn This 2d Day of 
March 1778 For the Choice of Town Officers 
Modrator — Coll John Mansfield 

Town Clerk — William Collins Asessor & Selectman Sworn 
Treasurer & Decn John Burage Sworn 

Select Men & Assors James Newhall Samuel Sweetser Capt 
Joseph Gowing and John Basset all Sworn 

Constabls — Andrew Mansfield James Williams & Thomas 
Hawkes — And all Sworn 

Wardens — Joseph Blaney Sworn Ezra Coats Samll Mansfeild 

Survayers of highways — Joseph Edmonds Isaiah Breed Wil- 
liam Mansfield & Ezra Breed all Sworn 

Tithing Men — Ephriam Newhall Sworn Samuel Bordman 
Ephriam Shelden 

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Fence Vewer — John Burnham James Johnson Sworn Thoms 
Stocker & Joseph Edmonds Sworn John Ierson & Jacob Innguls 
Junr Sworn 

Hogg Reves — John Bancroft & Robert Williams Sworn 
Nehemiah Ramsdel & Ralph Merry Sworn Ezra Waitt & Stephen 
Coats Sworn — Benja Burrill Sworn Henery Richards 

Clark of the Markett — Edward Johnson Sworn 

Leather Sealers 

Survayer of Lumber 

Wood Sealers — Benja Massey & Increas Newhall Sworn 
Bread Waiers — Capt Rufus Mansfield & Joseph Turell Sworn 
Fish Comittee — Thomas Cox Nehemiah Ramsdeell Joseph 
Ballard and Jacob Newhall all Sworn — Jonathan Tarbel Sworn 
Timothy Munrow Sworn Caleb Collins Nathl Hutcherson — Joseph 
Hawkes Grims Tufts 

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Comittee To Take Cear of the Beaches — Isaiah Breed Pharoah 
Newhall & Isaac Basset 

Eedge Islands Let To Sylvanus Hussey for £6-12-0 which he 

Paid 

Voted — The Hoggs go at Large the Curant Year 
Voted — The Horses be Fettered the Current Year 
Voted — The Petition of the North Parish be Refared to May 
Meetin 

Voted — To Alough Each Parish their Perportion of Town 
& Selectmens Meetings Agreeable to their Petition 

Voted — To Re fear the Petitions for Land to the Comittee of 
Incroacments & they to Make Report at May Meeting — 

Voted — This Meeting be Ajourned to the 16th Instent at 
2 oClock Afternoon 

March the 16th 1778 — Then the Town Met Agreeable to 
Ajournment 

Voted — the Comimison Officers Make their Report at May 
Meeting 

Voted — the Captens of Each Companey & the Selectmen 
be a Comittee to Hier men to go in the Service for the Futer & if 
the Capt is Not Able to Do it then The Next Officer to Due 
Sd Duty and Draw Money Out of the Town Treasurery for Sd 
Purpos 

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Voted — to Ref ear the Petition of Sundrey Persons of the 
Quaker Society which they put in for the Grant of a Peace of 
Land to Sett A School House on to the Above Sd Comittee. 

Voted — To Ajourn this Meeting to the 23rd Instent 

Comittee of Saftey Corespd or Inspection — March the 23rd 
Then the Met Agreeable to Ajornment — Coll John Mansfield 
Coll Joh Flagg Samuel Burrill Dec. Daniel Mansfeild Benja Johnson 
Thomas Stocker & Joseph Ballard 

Voted — To Add Coll John Flagg to the Comittee that was 
Choosen to Hier Men 

Voted — To Draw Money Out of the Town Treasurery to 
Purchas Clothing for the Solders Agreeable to the Resolve of 
the Court 

Voted — This Meeting be Desolved — 

[Page] — Lynn March the 14th 1778 — The Inhabitence of 

the Town of Lynn Quallified to Vote as the Law Directs are 

hereby Notefied to Attand a Town Meetin at the Old Meeting House 

in Sd Town on Monday the 16 Instent at two Oclock afternoon to 

See What Instructions the Town Will Give the Comittee that was 

Chosen by Sd Town to Supply the Families of those Men gone in 

the Continental Armey u , f1 . , 

J Pr Order William Collins Clerk 

Voted — At A Town Meeting Held at Lynn March 16th 1778 — 
Voted Decn Daniel Mansfeild & Abner Chever Esqr be Added to 
the Comittee to Supply the Families of those Men Gone in the 
Continantal Armey for Sd. Town Agreeable to the Act of the 
General Court & Sd Comittee to Draw Money Out of the Town 
Treasurery for that Purpos 

Notification For a Town Meeting Lynn April the 3d 1778 — 
The Inhabitence of the Town of Lynn Quallified to Vot as the Law 
directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meeting on Thursday 
the 9th Instant at the North Parish Meeting House in Sd Town at 
2 oClock After Noon to Choose one or more Persons to go on a 
County Convention To be held at Mr Treadwells Inholder in 
Ipswich on the 15th Int. at 12 oClock at Noon 

Pr Order William Collins T Cler- 

At a town Meeting held at Lynn April the 9th 1778 Decn 
Bancraft Choosen Moderator — Mr Samuel Burrill Choosen to go 
on Sd Convention 

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The Inhabitence of the Town of Lynn Quallified to Vote as 
the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to attand A Town Meeting on 
Tusday the 12th Instant at one o'Clock After Noon at the Old 
Meeting House in Sd Town Then & their to Elect & Depute one or 
More Persons To Serve for & Represent them in the General Court 
To be Conveaned Held & Kept for the Governments Service at the 
State House in Boston in the County of Suffolk Upon Wednesday 
the Twenty Seventh Day of this Instent May 

Also to See if the Town will Grant a Sum of Money to Defray 
Town Charges 

Also to See if the Town will Admitt of Inoculations Being Caried 
on at Nehant agreeable to the Request of a Number of Petitioners 

Also to See if the Town Will Grant Liberty to any of the 
Inhabitence to be Inoculated for the Small pox At the Pest House 
agreeable to the Request of a Number of Petitioners 

Also to See What Method the Town Will Take to Provide Bulls 
in any part of the Town 

Pr Order 
William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn May 12th 1778 Captn Holten 
Johnson was Choosen to Serve for & Represent the Town at the 
General Court the Ensuing Year 

Coll John Mansfeild was Choosen Moderator to Transact the 
Remainder of the Bussness of the Meeting 

Voted — To Grant five Hundred pounds to Defray Town 
Charges & to be put in the Next Tax 

Voted — To Admitt of Innoculation's being Caried on at 
Nehant two Months & No longer they being under Such Restrections 
as the Selectmen of Sd Town Shall think Proper to Lay them Under 

[Page] 

Voted Not to Grant Liberty to Innoculate in the Pest House 
Voted The North Parish have Liberty to Innoculate in one 

House in Sd Parish the Same Term of Time as at Nehant & Under 

the Same Restrections the House Being Such a one as the Selectmen 

Shall Think Conveannent for that Purposs 

Voted The Weast Parish Parish Have a House in Sd Parish 

for Innoculation if the Selectmen thinks Conveannent they being 

Under the Same Restrictions as Nehant. 

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Voted The Last Clause in the Warrant be Desmissed 

Voted Not To Set of the North Paresh as a Destrect agreeable 
to their Petition of the 2nd of March Last 

The Petition of Samuel Collins & Others for a Peace of Land 
to Sett a School House on Granted they paying four Pounds 

The Petition of Caleb Collins Granted he paying fifteen pounds 

The Petition of J earns Ally Refeard to the Comittee 

The Petition of Thomas Hawkes Dismissed 

The Subscriber Earnestly Requests that the Inhabitence of the 
Town of Lynn would assamble at the Meeting House of the Revend 
Mr. Roby at five Oclock after Noon in Order to Determine Upon 
the best Method for Raising Men for Providence as I yeasterday 
Reeved Orders by Express from the Brigadier to have the Men 
in Readiness with out a Moments Delay 

Lynn august 2d 1778 John Flagg 

agreeable to the Above Request the Town Met at the Above 

Sd Time & place & passed the followng Vots 
Voted Abner Chever Esqr be Moderator of Sd Meeting 
Voted To Give Eah Man that Inlists or is Draughted 

For the Term of Six week to March to Providence 
§> Thirty pounds Pr Month Including what the Court is Pleased 
~ to Give, in Sd thirty pounds 
Voted To Give Sd Men thirty pounds Before they March 
Voted to Give the Men that goes Leutanents thirty pounds and that 

to be all they are to Receve of Sd Town 

[Page] 

The Inhabitence of the Town of Lynn Quallefied for Voting 
are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meetind on Monday 
the 21st of this Instent at 2 oClock after Noon at the Old 
Meeting House in Sd Town To See what Method The Town 
ill Take to Raise a Number of Men 
Lynn Sepr 19th 1778 Pr Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Town Cler 

At A Town Meeting held at Lynn the 21st Day of Sepr 1778 
Coll John Mansfeild Chosen Moderator 
Voted To Give the Men to be Raised to March to Providence Fifteen 
Pounds pr Month with what the Continant & State Shall Give 
them 

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Lynn Octr 21st 1778 

We the Subscribers Fence Viewers of the Town of Lynn being 
Applyed to by Leut Thomas Simonds of Readding to view & Divide 
a Certain Piece of Fence between the Land of Sd Symonds & Mr 
Joseph Eatons of Redding Sd Land Lying upon Sagus River be low 
Richardson's Saw Mill at the Point (So Called) have Attended that 
Service & find the Division Fence Between Sd Eaton & Simonds 
to be Forty Seven Rods and fifteen Links we have Divided Sd 
Fence neare the Middle by a Stake and Stons we have assegned to 
Sd Eaton as his Part of Sd Fence upon the East End from the River 
Northerly 10 Rods and 18 Links to a Stake from thence to Sd 
Symonds 10 Rods and 18 Links to the Corner from Sd Corner to 
Sd Eaton 14 Rods and 4 Links to a Stake & Stons from thence to 
Sd Simonds 12 Rods to the South Bank of the River 

Joseph Edmonds 1 Fence viewers 
James Johnson J of Lynn 

[Page] 

The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
at the Law Directs are hereby Notified to Attend a Town 
Meeting on Wednesday the 18th of this Instent Novr at 
2 oClock afternoon at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town To 
See if the Town will Vote a Sum of Money to pay the whol 
or any part of the Towns Debt also to Defray the Arising 
Charges in Sd Town 

Lynn Novr the 14th 1778 Pr Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Town Cler 

At A Town Meeting held at Lynn Novr the 18th 1778 
Coll Mansfeild Chosen Moderator 

Voted to pay Six Thousend pounds to be put in the Next State Tax 
to pay the Towns Debts & the arising Charges in Sd. Town 

Voted That Each Person that paid Money to Hier Men to go in 
the Service or went in person Should have Orders on the 
Treasurer to pay the afor sd Tax or Such part as it is Seficent 
to pay as the Committe Shall Make out the Accts 

[Page] 

We the Select Men of the Town of Lynn being Petitioned to 
by a Number of the Inhabitents of the North Paish in sd Town 
To Lav out a Road in Sd Parish Seting forth in Sd Petition 

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that a Fence was Arected & Set a Cross Sd Road & it not 
being in the Power of the Committee to Remove Sd Nusence 
by Reason of its not being Laid out by Sd Town to the Grat 
Damage of Both the Inhabetents & the Publick — 
In Compliance of Sd Petition we the Sd Selectmen have 
Attended that Service & after Vewing Sd Road and Judge it 
Absulutly Nessesery that Sd Road be Laid Out and acordingly 
havd Laid it out as Followeth — 
Viz : Begining at the Corner to the Northward of the Meeting House 
as the Road is Now Fenced out to the Bridge Then from Sd 
Bridge to John Harts Corner (So Called) to the Road Leading 
from Redding North Parish To Salem as the fence now Stands 
& one Rod to the Eastward of the East Cart Rutt which we 
Judge will be a Conveanent Road 



Selectmen 
of Lynn 



Lynn May the 26th 1778 William Collins 

Joseph Gowing 
James Newhall 
Samuel Sweetser 
John Basset 

The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
as the Law Derects are hereby Notified to Atend a Town Meeting At 
the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Monday the 1st Day of 
March Nex at 10 of Clock in the fore noon then & their to To 
Choose a Town Clerk Treasurer Select-men Constables & all Other 
Town Officers as by Law Required 

And to Let the Nehant Beeches & Sedge Islands 

Also to See if the Town will Let the Swine go at Large & the 
Horses without fetters 

Also To See if the Town will Choose a Comittee to mend the 
Nehant Beeches agreeable to the Request of a Number of Petitioners 
and also to Detairmine upon Such Methods as May be thought most 
proper for the Repairing the Great Bridge 

Pr Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Tn Cler 

[Page] 

At General Town Meeting Held at Lynn March the 1st, 1779 
For the Choice of Town Officers For the Current year 
Moderator Coll John Mansfeild 

William Collins Chosen Town Clerk & Sworn befor Esqr Chever 

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Decn John Burage Choosen Treasurer & Sworn 
James Newhall Esqr Capn Joseph Gowing Samuel Sweetser 
John Basset & William Collins Chosen Select Men & all Sworn 
Capt- James Williams Nathan Hawkes & John Upton Chosen 
Constables & Sworn 

Alen Newhall Ephraim Larrabee & Ephraim Rhoads Choosen 
Wardens 

William Sweetser Thomas Stocker Isaiah Breed & Timothy 

Munrow Chosen Survayers of Highways and Sworn 
Tithing Ephraim Newhall Sworn Jonathan Wellman Samuell Bord- 

man & Joseph Hart 
Fence Vewers William Mansfeild Sworn John Hart Sworn Joseph 

Hawks Sworn Mathew Estes Sworn Ephraim Newhall Capn 

Rufus Mansfeild Josiah Newhall 

Nathaniel Hutcherson 

Alen Newhall Ezra Burrill Daniel Johnson Ebijah Burrage 
John Coats Capn John Pool & Benja Riddin Choosen Hog 
Reeves & Sworn John Hawks & Thomas Wellman Choosen 
James Newhall and William Farington Choosen Lather Sealers 

Wood sealers Benjamin Massey Increase Newhall & Robert Mans- 
feild Choosen Wood Sealers & Sworn 

Suryaers of Lumber Samuel Siisbee & Ephriam Breed Choosen & 
Breed Sworn 

Fish Comittee Capt Thorns Cocks Nehemiah Ramsdel Joseph Ballard 
Caleb Collins Sworn 

Jacob Newhall Junr Jonathan Tarbel Timothey Munrow 
Nathaniel Hutcherson & Grims Tufts Choosen & Not ben Sworn 
Comittee to Take cear of the Beaches Pharoah Newhall Isaiah Breed 
& Isaac Basset 

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Nathan Breed & Joseph Ballard Chosen Callers of Fish & Sworn 
Sedge Island Let to Grims Tufts for £14 which he paid at the 

Meeting 
Voted The Swine go at Large 

Voted To Choose a Comittee of Seven Men to Vew the Nehant Beech 
& See What is Most proper to be Dun in Regard of Mending 
Sd Beech & to Make Report to the Town at the Ajournment of 
this Meeting 

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Voted Samuel Burrill Nehemiah Breed Decn Nathl Bancroft Decn 
Daniel Manfeild Abner Chever Esqr John Hawks & John Ierson 
be a Comittee Vew Sd Beech 

Voted Abner Chever Esqr Joseph Edmonds Mair Parker John 
Hawks & John Burrill be a Comittee to Vew the Grate Bridge 
& See what is the Most proper Method to take to Mend Sd 
Bridge & Make Report at the Ajournment of this Meeting 

Voted To Give Hanable a Negro Latly Servant to Decn John Lewis 
the Land he Petitioned for at this Meeting Viz : About three 
or four poles that he has Taken in or Encloses with that Land 
he the Sd Hanable Purchased of the Town of Lynn 

Voted This Meeting be Ajourned to Monday the 8th Instant 

March the 8th the Town Met Acording to Ajournment 

Coll. John Mansfeild Abner Chever Esqr Samuel Burrill Decn 
Nathaniel Bancraft Capn Holten Johnson Benja Johnson & 
Doctor John Flagg Chosen a Comittee of Safty 

the Comittee on the Beaches Reported to have it Mended by 

Subscribtion 

Voted the Same Comittee with the addition of Silvenus Husey Capn 
Holten Johnson Benja Johnson & James Purinton Have the 
Ordering of Mending Sd Beach 

the Comittee on the Grate Bridge Reported the Sd Bridge be 
New Planked 

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Voted To Chuse a Comittee to Make Application to the Sessions to 
See in What Manner the Great Bridge Shall be Repaired as to 
the Charges 

Voted To Choose three men on Sd Comittee 

Voted Abner Chever Esqr Silvenus Hussey & Capn Holten Johnson 
be a Comittee to Make Aplication as Afore Sd 

Voted To Ajourn this Meeting to the 22nd Instant March 22d then 
Mett According to Ajournment And Ajourned To the 29th 

Instent March 29th Then Mett Acording to Ajournment and 

Choose Several Town Officers which are Recorded with the Others 

which is the Reson they are not Mentioned Heare 

Samuel Burrill Theophilus Breed Coll John Mansfeild Decn 
Daniel Mansfeild and Abner Chever Esqr Choosen a Comittee 
to Supply the families of the Solders Gone in the Continental 
Armey 

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and Each of Sd Comittee to Drew Money Out of the Town 
Treasurey for Sd Purposs of Supplying as Afore Sd 
The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
at the Law Directs are hereby Notified to attend a Town 
Meeting at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Thusday 
Next at 2 Oclock after Noon then & their to Elect and Depute 
One or more persons to Serve for & Represent them in a Grate 
& General Court to be Conveaned Held & Kept for for the 
Governments Service at the State House in Boston Upon 
Wednesday the 26th of this Instent May 

Also To See if they Chuse at this Time to Have a ^Jew 
Constitution or form of Government agreeable to a Late 
Resolve of the General Court 

Lynn May 15th 1779 Pr Order William Collins 

cler 

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At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn May the 20th 1779 Capn Holten 
Choosen Representitive to Represent Sd Town the Current Yeare 
at the Grate & General Court 

Decn Daniel Mansfeild Chosen Moderator to Transact the 

Remainder of the Busness of Sd Meeting 
Voted To Grant Mr Silvenus Hussey a peace of Land formerly Laid 

Out to Benjamin Chad well wich the Sd Hussey has paid thirty 

three pounds one Shilling for Sd Land To Decn John Burrage 

Town Treasurer as appears by his Receate in Jany: 15th 1777 
Voted To Give Richard Pappoon the Frunt of his Land During the 

Towns Pleasure Viz : from the Corner of James Ally's Frunt 

to the Corner of Silvenus Hussey's 

To Ajourn this Meeting To Monday the 30th 
May the 30th Then Met acording to Ajournment 
Voted to have a New Constitution or form of Government by a 

Majorety of Twenty Six to twelve 

The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hereby Notified Attend a Town Meeting 
on Thursday Next at three oClock afternoon at the Weast Parish 
Meeting House in Sd Town to See What Method the Town 
will take to Raise a Number of Men for the Service of the 
United Stats at their is a Call for a Number At a Town Meeting 
Held at Lynn June the 16th 1779 
Decn Daniel Mansfeild Choosen Moderator 

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Voted To Choose the Selectmen to Hier the Six Men Now Called 
for to March to Providence for the Lowest Sum they Can 

Voted the Select Men Draw Money Out of the Town Treasuery & 
if the Money is not to be had in sd Treasurey to Hier Money 
to Percure Sd Men & Give their Nots in Behalf of the Town 

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The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hereby Notified to Attend a Town 
Meeting on Wednesday Next at 3 oClock after Noon at the 
North Parish Meeting House in Sd Town in Order to Determine 
Upon the best Method for Raising a Numbr of Men for the 
Contenental Armey Agreeable to A Resolve of the General 
Court 

Lynn June 25th 1779 

Pr Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn June 30th 1779 Decn 

Nathaniel Bancraft Chosen Moderator 
Voted The Selectmen be a Comittee to Hier the men to Go in the 

Contenental Armey for the Loest Sum they Can — Also Voted 

the Selectmen Percure the Men that is Expected to be Called 

for to go as Gards to Boston 
Voted the Select men Draw the Money Out of the Town Treasurey 

or to Hier Money to Percure the afore Sd Men & Give their 

Nots in Behalf of Sd Town 

P :S : the Number Sent for is Fourteen The Inhabitents of the 
Town of Lynn are Hereby Notified To Attend a Town Meeting 
on Monday Next at 3 oClock P:M : at the Old Meeting House 
in Sd Town To See if they Will Comply with the Proceedings 
of the Convention at Concord 

Also To Elect one or More Delegates to Represent them at a 
Convention to be held at Cambridge on the first Day of 
September Next To form a New Constitution of Government 
Agreeable to a Resolve of the General Court 

Lynn July 28th 1779 Pr Order 

William Collins Cler 

Turn Over for the Proceedings of Sd Meeting 

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At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn August 2d 1779 To See if 
the Town Will Comply with the Proceedings of the Convention 
at Concord 

Coll John Mansfeild Choosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 
The Town after Hering the Proceedings of Sd Convention 
Read, Unanimously Voted to Comply with Sd Proceeding, and 
Choose a Comittee To Consist of thirteen Persons to Regulate 
the Prices of Articles in Sd Town Agreeable to the Request of 
Sd Convention. Viz : Coll John Mansfeild Samuel Burrill 
Decn Daniel Mansfeild Decn Nathaniel Bancraft Capn Holten 
Johnson Benja Massey Jacob Newhall Joseph Ballard Abner 
Chever Esqr James Newhall Esqr Haris Chadwell John Ierson 
& John Basset Sd Comittee to make Return of their Doings to 
the Town at the Ajournment of this Meeting for their Acceptance 
Voted To Choose one Delegate to Represent them at Cambridge 
Mr. Samuel Burrill was Chosen Represent them at the Conven- 
tion at Cambridg 

Then the Meeting was Ajourned to Monday the 16th Instent 

at 4 oClock P :M : 
Monday the 16th the Town Met Agreeable to Ajournment and 
Voted To Send a Delegate to the County Convention to be Held at 

Ipswich on thurday the 19th Instent agreeable to the Requeast 

of the Town of Salem 
Voted Mr. Samuel Burrill go on Sd Convention to Above Comittee 

Made Return of their Doings & the Town Voted to Continue Sd 

Report to the Ajournment of this Meeting 
Voted to Ajourn this meeting to Monday the 22nd Instent at 

5oClockP:M: 

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The Town Met Acording to Ajournment & after Hearing the 
Proceedings of the County Convention Held at Ipswich on 
thursday Last The Town Voted to Accept of the Proceedings 
of Sd Convention With that Alteration only, to Set wood in 
this Town at Twenty tims as high as it was in the Year 1774 
the Town also Voted the Committe Alreddy Choosen Viz : 
Mr Samuel Burrill Decn Daniel Mansfield Decn Nathl Bancraft 
Capn Holton Johnson Mr Benja Massey Mr Jacob Newhall 
Mr Joseph Ballard Abner Chever Esqr James Newhall Esqr 

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Mr. Haris Chadwell Mr John Ierson & Mr John Basset Set the 
Prieces of of Each Article Agreeable to the Rule Agreed on 
by the afore Sd Convention & to Post there Doings up at 
Publick Houses in the Several parts of Sd Town and to Make 
Return of there Doings to the Comittee of Boston The Town 
Chose Mr Ephraim Breed a Comittee on the Towns Part to 
Repair the Grate Bridg so Called 

The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn are hereby Notified to 
attend a Town Meeting on Weednesday Next at 3 oClock P :M : 
at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town to Elect one or more 
Delegats To Attend a State Convention at Concord on the 
Sixth Day of October Nex 

Lynn Sepr the 26th 1779 Pr Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn Sept the 29th 1779 William 
Collins Chosen Moderator the Town Voted Mr Samuel Burrill 
Attend Sd Convention in Behalf of Sd Town 
The Town also Voted that Mr Ephraim Breed be Impowered 
to Draw Money out of the Town Treasurey to Repair the Sd. 
Towns part of the Grate Bridge 

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To James Williams Constable of the Town of Lynn 
In the Name of the Government & People You are Required 
to Warn the Inhabitants of Your Ward Quallified for Voting 
to Attend a Town Meeting on Wednesday Next at three oClock 
P:M at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town to See What 
Method the Town will Take to Raise a Number of Men for 
the Contenental Armey agreeable to a Resolve of the General 
Court 

Lynn Octr 11 1779 Pr Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins T. :Cler 

Essex s Lynn Octr 12th 1779 

I Have warned the Inhabitents of My ward to Attend at Time 
& place as within Mentioned 

James Williams Constable 
The Other parts of the Town was Warned in the Same Manner 
as Above 

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At A Town Meeting Held at Lynn Octr the 13th 1779 Decn 
Daniel Mansfield was Chosen Moderator 

The Town Voted to Hier the Men, to be Raised at this time the 
Town Also Voted the Selectmen & the Captins of Each Com- 
peney in Sd Town be a Committee to Hier Sd Men at the Loest 
they Can 

Sd Town also Voted the Selectmen Should be Impowered To 
Hier the Money in behalf of Sd Town to Hier the Sd Men 
as before Voted Then the Meeting was Desolved 
The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town 
Meeting on Thursday the 11th Instent At 2 oClock after noon 
at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town to See if the Town will 
Grant a Sum of Money to Defray the Towns Charges 
Also to See if the Town will Comply with the Recommondation 
of the Convention Held at Concord on the 6th Day of Octr Last 

Pr Order of the Selectmen 
Lynn Novr the 5th 1779 William Collins Tn Cler 

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At A Town Meeting Held at Lynn Novr the 11th 1779 
Decn Nathaniel Bancraft Choosen Moderator 
Voted The Selectmen bring in to the Town Their Acct to Let the 
Town Know How Much the Town is in Debt, at the ajovinment 
of this Meeting 

Voted To Continnew the Last Claws in the Warrant to the Ajourn- 
ment. 

Voted This Meeting be Ajourned to the 25th Instant November 25th 

Met agreeable to ajournment The Selectmen Brought in the 

Towns Debt which after Hearing the Town 
Voted To Grant foure Thousand pounds as a Town Tax to Defray 

the Towns Charges 
Voted Also to Contenew the Last article in the Warrant to the Next 

Town Meeting 

The Inhabitents of the Town of Lyn Quallified for Voting as 
the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meeting 
on Monday Next at Two OClock afternoon at the Old Meeting 
House in Sd Town to Choose a Colector or Colectors to Collect 
the Taxes for Sd Town in Such way & Manner as they Shall 
think Proper 
Lynn Deer 6th, 1779 

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At A Town Meeting Held at Lynn Deer the 13th 1779 
Abner Chever Esqr Chosen Moderator Jonathan Tarbel Chosen 
Collector & Sworn by Abner Chever Esqr and to Collect the 
Whol of the Taxes in Sd Town & to Have Six pancee for Each 
pound he Shall Collect 

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(Seal) 

Essex ss To Either of the Constables of the Town of Lynn 
in Sd County — Greeting Whereas the Selectmen of Lynn 
afore Sd are Informed that One John Derby Cordwainer Came 
into the Town of Lynn Sum time in August Last From the 
Town of Fitchburge in the County of Wossester and Since he 
Came has Married: a Wife in Sd Town & here Continues to 
Reside These are therefore in the Name of the Government 
and People To Requier You or Either of You forth with to 
Warn the Said John Derby & Sarah his wife Immeadiatly to 
Depart this Town or they will be Proceeded with as the Law 
Directs 

You are Alike Required to Make Inquiery when he Came into 
this town & from whence he Came and Wheare he had his 
Last Residence or Legal Settelmen Fail Not and Make Return 
hereof with your Doings here on Unto My Self given under 
My hand & Seal At Lynn this 12th Day of July 1779 

C Pr Order of the Selectmen 
\ William Collins Tn Cler 

Essex ss Agreeable to the within written Warrant I have Warned 

the Said John Derby and his wife to Depart this Town to the 

town from whence he Came T , TT ^ . , 

John Upton Constable 

and further he Says he had his Last Residence at harvard & 
Says he Came to this Town the first of Last August 
Lynn July 17th 1779 



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(Seal) 

Essex ss To Either of the Constables of the Town of Lynn in 
Sd County — Greeting Whereas the Selectmen of Lynn afor 
Sd are Informed that One Desier Lucom Wife to Eluxander 
Lucom and Eelexander her Son & a Negro Child Named Venus 

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Came in this Town of Lynn Sum time in March Last from the 
Town of Danvers in Sd County and here Continnues to Reside 
These are therefore in the Name of the Government and People 
to Requier you or Either of you forth with to Warn the Above 
Sd Persons to Depart and Leve the Town of Lynn Imediatly 
or they will be Proceeded with as the Law Directs You are 
Alike Required to Make Inquire when they Came into the 
Town of Lynn and from whence they Came and where they 
had there Last Residence or Legal Settelment fail not & Make 
Return here of with your Doings hereon unto My Self Given 
under My hand & Seal at Lynn this 30th day of November 1779 

By Order of the Selectmen 
William Collins Tn Cler 

Essex ss Lynn Decemr the 17th 1779 

I Have Warned the within Named Persons to Depart the 
Sd Town of Lynn by Reading the Warrant to them they Like- 
wise Informed me they Came into the town of Lynn Sum time 
in March Last and that they Came from the Town of Danvers 
where they had Resided Several years Last Past 

James Williams Constable 

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The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting as 
the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meeting 
on Monday Next at the House of Jacob Newhall Inholder 
in Sd Town to See if they will Grant any Sum of Money to 
Defray the Towns Charges to be put in the List with the State 
Tax Now to be Made 
Lynn Feby : the 4th 1780 By Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn'Feby: the 7th 1780 

Abner Chever Esqr Chosen Moderator 
Voted To Grant four Thousand pounds to be put in the Next Tax 

that is Made to Defray Town Charges 

Essex ss To Either of the Constables of the Town of Lynn in 
Sd County — Greeting Whereas the Selectmen of Sd Lynn 
are Informed that one Charety Daniels Came into the Town 
of Lynn Sum time in Febuary Last from the Town of Wobern 
in the County of Middlesex & here Continues to Reside 
These are therefore in the Name of the Government & People 

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to Requier you or Either of you forthwith to Warn the Sd 
Cherety Daniels Immediatly to Depart & Leave this Town or 
She will be Proceeded with as the Law Directs you are Likewise 
Required to Make Inquiery when She Came into the Town of 
Lynn & from Whence She Came & where She had her Last 
Residence or Legal Settelment Fail not & Make Return with 
with youre Doings hereon unto My Self Given under My hand 
& Seal at Lynn Novr the 17th 1779. 

By Order of the Selectmen 
William Collins Tn Cler 

Essex ss Lynn Novr 25th 1779 

I have Warned the Sd Person to Depart & Leve this Town 
agreeable to the above Warrant She Informed Me She Came 
into the Town of Lynn in February Last & that She Came 
from the Town of Wobern 

Nathan Hawks Constable 

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The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
as the Law Directed are hereby Notefied to Attend a A Town 
Meeting on Monday the 6th Day of March Next at a 11 oClock 
in the forenoon at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town then 
& there to Choose a Town Clerk Treasurer Select Men Con- 
stables & all Other Town Officers as by Law Required & to Let 
the Nehant Beeches & Sedge Islands Also to See if the Town 
will Let the Swine go at Large & the Horses With out fetters 
also to See What the Town will Give the Collectors that May 
be Choosen for their Service of Collecting the Taxes 
Lynn Feby : 26th 1780 Pr Order 

Williams Collins Cler 

At A Town Meeting held at Lynn March 6th 1780 the Following- 
Persons were Chose to Serve in the Offices here after men- 
tioned the Currant 

Decn Daniel Mansfield Chosen Moderator William Collins 
Chosen Town Clerk & Sworn by Esqr. Chever 
Decn John Burrage Chosen Town Treasurer & Sworn 
Select men William Collins James Newhall Esqr Joseph Gowing 
Samuel Sweetser all Sworn by Esqr Chever 
Abner 

John Burrill the 4th Jonathan Wellman & Rand Graves was 
Chosen Constables & Sworn by Esqr. Chever 

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Survayers of Highways Benjamin Riddin Mathew Estes Andrew 
Mansfield & Benjamin Mansfield & Each Sworn by Esqr. Chever 

Tithing Men Ephraim Newhall Sworn Alen Newhall Ephraim 
Larrabee Abraham Smith & Samuel Bordman Sworn 
Mathew Estes Ephraim Newhall Benjamin Mansfield Joseph 
hawk William Mansfield & Ezekiel Newhall Chosen Fence 
Vewers the five first Sworn 

Hogg Reues Rufus Newhall & Nathan Mudge Sworn Samuel Breed 
& Jabez Breed Sworn Nathan Newhall Sworn John Norwood 
John Hews & Moses Tufts Chosen 

Lather Sealers James Newhall & William Farington Chosen 

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Survayrs of Lumbr Ephraim Breed Sworn Samuel Silsbe Chosen 
Fish Comittee Capn Holton Johnson Josiah Martin Silvenas Hussey 
Joseph Ball ard Henry Bachelor Josiah Breed Robert Mansfield 
Samuel Smith Jonathan Tarbel Jonathan Welman Richard Pratt 
Daniel Newhall Benja Parker all Chosen a Fish Comittee & 
Sworn 

Increas Newhall Benja Massey Benja Mansfield Timothey 
Walton William Farington & Esqr Chever ware Also Chosen 

Wood Sealers Increase Newhall Benjamin Massey Chosen & Sworn 
Robert Mansfield & James Purington also Chosen 
Edward Johnson Chosen Clark of the Market 
Nathan Breed Chosen to Take Cear of the Beeches to Keep 
Other Towns Pepole from Carrying any thing of sd Beeches 

Sedge Islands Let to Elezer Lindsey for Fifty five Pounds — £5..S-0-0 

Voted The Swine go at Large 

Voted To Give the Collectors or Constables Six pence to the pound 

Pound for Collecting the Taxes for the futer 

The Meeting Ajourned to the 20th Instent at 2 P :M : 
March the 20th Met Agreeable to Ajournment & Chose Several 

Officers which are Entered with the Others which is the Reason 

of there Not bein Mentioned here 

Coll John Mansfield Abner Chever Esqr Samuel Burrill Decn 
Nathaniel Bancraft Capn Holten Johnson Benja Johnson & 
Coll John Flagg Chosen a Committee for the Currant Year 
The Meeting Ajourned to the 27th Instent 

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March 27th then Met Agreeable to Ajournment & the Moderator 
Not Attending the Town Chose Abner Chever Esqr Moderator 

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To Transact the Remainder of the Busness of the Meeting 
The Town Chose Benja Mansfield & Joseph Haks Fence Vewers 
which are Recorded with the Others 
Then the Meeting was Desolved 

The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallefied for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town 
Meeting on Tusday Next at one Oclock afternoon at the North 
Parish Meeting House in Sd Town To Choose one or more 
Persons to Represent them at the General Court agreeable 
to Precept Also to See if they will Accept of the frame of 
Government Agraed on by the Convention also to See what 
the Town will alough to Men that Shall work on the Highways 
the Currant Year & also to See if they will Act anything in 
Regard of the School 

Lynn May the 5th 1780 William Collins Cler 

At A Town Meeting held at Lynn May the 9th 1780 
Mr. Samuel Burrill was Choosen Representetive the Curant Year 
Decn Nathaniel Bancraft was Chosen Moderator to Transsact 
the Remainder of the Busness of Sd Meeting 
After hereing the frame of Government Read the Town Choose 
the Following Persons as a Comittee to Take it into Considera- 
tion and Make Report at the Ajournment of this Meeting Viz: 
Coll John Mansfield Decn Nathaniel Bancraft Decn Daniel 
Mansfield Mr John Orn Samuel Smith Abner Chever Esqr 
Silvenus Hussey Mr Robey Mr. Treadwell Coll John Flagg 
Capn Holten Johnson Ephraim Breed & Asa Newhall then the 
Meeting was Ajourned to the 28th Instent 

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May the 28th then met greeable to Ajournment 

Voted to Choose a Comittee of Five Persons to Inspect the the form 
of Government & Make Report to the Town at the Ajournment 
of this Meeting 

Voted Docter Benja Bram Burchsted Samll Inguls John Basset 
Thomas Townsend & Elkanah Hawks be a Comittee as afore Sd 

Voted A Single head Shall be Rated £4-10s to the Highways & Other 
Estate in Perportion & that Each Person Shall be Aloughed £9 
for Each Day they Shall work on the Highways & Each Person 
that Shall work with fore Oxen or two Oxen & a horse Shall 
be aloughed £27 

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The Town Voted to Regulate the Jurey Boxes as the Select 
Men had Agreeed 
Voted the Petitions of James Williams Caleb Collins & Nathan 
Breed & Hugh Alley be Refared to the Comittee of Incroch- 
ments Last Chosen 

and to make Report at theAjournment of this meeting 
Voted This Meeting be Ajourned to the 13th Day of June Next 
June the 13th then Met agreeable to Ajournment and after 
hearing the Orders for Raising thirty one Men Read the Town 
Voted to Choose a Comitte of five Men to Hier the Sd Men 
now Called for 

Voted Decn Daniel Mansfield Abner Chever Esqr Capn Holten 
Johnson & Benja Johnson be a Comittee to Hier Sd Men the 
Town also the Select Men Joyne with Sd Comitt to Percure 
Sd Men 

Voted the Comittee Above Chosen Shall have full Power to Hier 
the Money to Percure Sd men at there Decresion & the Town 
Shall be accountable for the payment of of Sd Money 

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The afore Sd Comittee on the form of Government Made 

Report which the Town did not Accept 
Voted to Expunge the 3d Article in the Constitution A Majority 

of 70 to 43 
Voted To Have but thirty Senators 

Voted To Call a New Convention Seven Years to Make Alteration 

in the Constitution if Needfull 
Voted No Setteled Minister Shall have a Seat in the House of 

Representetives 

Voted Unanemously to Accept of Sd form with the Above Amend- 
ments 

the Number of Voters fifty 
Voted this Meeting be Ajourned to Monday the 18 Instent At the 
House of Ezra Burrills Insd Town 

Essex ss To Either of the Constables of the Town of Lynn in 
Sd County — Greeting Whereas the Selectmen of Lynn afore 
Sd are Informed that Abigail Smith Came into Sd town of 
Lyn Sum Time in April Last from the Town of Ridding in the 
County of Middlesex & here Continnus to Reside 
These are therefore in the Name of the Government and People 

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to Requier you or Either of you forthwith to warn the Sd 
Abigail Smith Immedeatly to Depart & Leave this Town or 
She will be proceeded with as the Law Directs you are Likewise 
Required to make Inquiery When She Came into the Town 
of Lynn & from whence She Came & where She had her Last 
Residence or Legal Settelment Fail not & make Return hereof 
with your Doings hereon unto My Self — Given Under My 
hand & Seal at Lynn this 27 Day of March 1780 

By Order of the Selectmen 
William Collins Tn Cler 

Essex ss — Lynn March 28th 1780 I have Warned the above 
named Person to Depart & Leave this Town agreeable to the 
above Warrant She Informed Me She Came from Ridding 
April the 7th 1779 

Jonathan Wellman Constable 

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Essex ss To Either of the Constables of the Town of Lynn in Sd 
County — Greeting The Select Men of Lyn afore Sd are 
Informed that the Persons here after Named have Latly Came 
into the Town of Lynn Viz Anthoney Buckston & Sarah his 
wife Anna & Betty there Daughters from Danvers Sum Time in 
April Last also Joshua Molten & Molley his Wife Jacob Joseph 
& Molley there Children from Danvers also Richard Thomas 
Joannah his wife & Isreal there Son from Middleton also 
Jonathan Gould Martha his wife from Willmington also Jere- 
miah Ray & his wife Jeremiah Peltiah Sarah & Elizabeth there 
Children 

These are therefore in the Name of the Government & People 
to Requier you or Either of You Imedeatly to warn Sd Persons 
to Depart & Leave this Town or they will be Proceeded with 
as the Law Directs you are Likewise Required to make Inquiery 
when they Came into this Town & from Whence they Came 
here of Fail not & Make Return of youre Doings here on 
Given Under My hand & Seale at Lynn this third Day of 
April 1780 

By Order of the Select :men 

William Collins Tn Cler 

April the 5th 1780 then Warned Out Joshua Molten & his 
Famile & Made Inquiry from Whence he Came & he Saith 

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from Danvers the 6th Day of April 1779 

April the 6th 1780 then Warned Out the Remainder of the 
Within Named Acording to Warrant & made Inquiery from 
Whence they Came Buckston & his familie Came from Danvers 
the 8th Day of April 1779 Thomas Came April the 20th 1779 
from Middleton & Ray Came April the 15th 1779 from Redding 
& Jonathan Gould Came from Willmington March ye 16th 1779 

By Me Jonathan Wellman Constable 

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At a Town Meeting Legauley Warned & held at Lynn June 
the 19th 1780 Coll John Flagg Chosen Moderator 
Voted the Select-men be a Committee to Raise the men to Serve 
Six Months in the Contenantal Service 
Voted to Add the Sd Selectmen Decn Daniel Mansfield Josiah 
Martin Capn Holten Johnson Abner Chever Esqr Joseph Bal- 
lard Benja Johnson & Coll John Flagg as a Committee to Raise 
Sd men 

Voted to Raise a Sum of Money Equil to the Last Tax & and the 

Assessors to make Sd Tax Immeadiatly 
Voted the Select-men Shall have full Power to Heir Paper or Silver 

Money or Purches Produce and to Give there Nots in Behalf 

of the Sd Town if Nessery 
Voted the Capten of Each Compiny Call there Compineys Togather 

on Thursday Next 
Voted this Meeting be Adjourned to the 26th Instent June the 26 

Met According to Ajournment and 
Voted To Add to the Above Committe for Raising Men Jacob 

Newhall & Nathaniel Shearman 
Voted To Indemnify the Militia Officers from the Fine Imposed 

upon them by the General Court in Case of the Falare of the 

men to Serve in the Contenantal Service for Six Months 
Voted the Commison Officers be Added to the afor Sd Comittee 
Voted To Ajourn this Meeting to the 29th Instant June the 29th 

Met Agreeable to Ajournment Decn Daniel Mansfield Chosen 

Moderator in the Room of Doctr John Flagg 
Voted to Grant a Sum of Money Double to the Last State Tax to 

Defray the Town Charges & & the assessors to make the Tax 

Immedeatly 

Voted To Ajourn this Meeting to the 5th Day of July Next 

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July the 5th then Met According to Ajournment and 
Voted that the afore Sd Committee Still Continnue as a Committee 

to Raise the men to Serve for three months 
Voted to Impower the Sd Comittee to percure the Sd men in the 

best Manner they Can & to Make Such Agreements as they 

Shall find Nesesery 
Voted the Selectmen Shall have full Power to Give Nots To the 

Soldiers in Behalf of the Town if Necesary 

The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting as 
the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to attend A Town Meeting 
on Tuesday Next at Four oClock afternoon at the Old Meeting 
House in Sd Town To Choose a Town Treasuror & Pound 
Keeper in the Room of Decn John Burrage Deseased & to Act 
on any Other Matter that may be Necesary 
Lynn July 22d 1780 By Ord of the Selectmen 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting held at Lynn July 25th, 1780 
Coll John Flagg Chosen Moderator 

Coll John Flagg Choosen Town Treasurer in the Room of 
Decn John Burrage Deseased Thomas Rhoads Chosen Pound 
Keeper in the Room of Decn John Burrage Deseased & Sworn 
by John Flagg Esqr 

The Town also Voted to alough Capn Holten Johnson £120 for 
ten Days Service at the General Court the Last Year 
Voted to Desolve this Meeting 

The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn upon Due Notice Given 
Assambled at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Monday 
the 2nd Day of October 1780 To Make Choice of Some 
Suitable Person or Persons to Serve as Representetive the 
Remaind of the Year Mr. Samuel Burrill Chose Represantetive 
for the Remainder of the Yeare 

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The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting are 
hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meeting on Monday Next 
at two Oclock after noon at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town 
to See What Method the Town will take to Furnish a Number 
of Cattle for the army or money SufTicent to Supply the Quantity 
of Beef the Town is Now Called for by the General Court 

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also to See what the Town will do with the work House & also 
to See What Method the Town will Take to percure the 
Clothing for the army 
Lynn Octr 7th, 1780 By Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting held at Lynn Octr 9th 1780 to furnesh a Number 

of Cattle for the army or to Raise Money Sufficent to Supply 

Seven Thousend two Hundred Weight of Beef Agreeable to 

Resolve of the General Court 

Decn Daniel Mansfield Moderator of Sd Meeting 
Voted To Choose a Committee of Nine Persons to Act in Behalf of 

Sd Town to Furnish the above Supplies 
Voted Decn Nathaniel Bancraft 
Abner Chever Esqr 
Mr. Jacob Newhall 

Coll John Mansfield 

Capn Holten Johnson 

Mr. Joseph Ballard 

Mr. Benja Johnson 

Mr. Thomas Townsend & 

Mr. Josiah Breed 

be a Comittee & to have full (Power) to Act in Behalf of 
Sd Town in purchesing Sd Beef or Raising Money Sufficient 
to Purches it in the best way & maner they Can 

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In Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting as 
the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meeting 
on Monday Next to See if the Town will make a Grant of 
Money to pay for the beef the Town Committee has agreeed 
for also to See if the Town will make a further Grant to 
Defray the arising Charges in Sd Town 
Lynn October 20th 1780 By Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn October the 23d 1780 
Decn Nathaniel Bancraft Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 
The Town Voted to Grant Twenty four Thousend Pounds to 
pay for the beef agreeed for by the Comittee and the Over plus 
if there be any to go to Defray Town Charges 
The Town also Voted to Grant Four Thousand Pounds to 

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Defray Town Charges also Voted the Assers make a Tax oi 
the two above Grants Imedeatly & the first of Sd Tax that is 
Collected to be for the payment of the beef 

The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to attend a Town 
Meeting on thursday Next at wo Oclock afternoon at the House 
of Mr. Jacob Newhalls Inholder in Sd Town To See what 
Method the Town will take to Raise Twenty Seven men for the 
Contenental army & furnish a Quantety of Beef for Sd army 
agreeable to the Resolves of the General Court 
Lynn Deer 29th 1780 William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn Jany : 4th 1781 
Decn Daniel Mansfield Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 
The Town after hearing the Resolves of the General Court 
Read Passed the following Vots 
Vis It Voted to Rais the men Requested by Sd Resolve 
2dly Voted to Chuse a Committee of three men to percure the Sd men 
3dly Voted Mr. Jacob Newhall Mr. Joseph Ballard & Mr. John 
Upton be a Committee for the afore Sd Purpose of Raising the 
Men 

4thly Voted to Grant as much Money as Shall Purches two Thou- 
hand Seven Hundred Silver Dollars or the Vallew there of in 
Gold to Give the men they Shall raise 

5thly Voted to Grant thirty four thousand pounds to furnish the 
Towns Quota of Beef agreeable to Sd Resolve 
Turn Over for the Remainder of the Meeting 

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Voted this Meeting be Ajourned to Thursday the 18th Instent 
at this House two oClock : P :M : 
Jeny: 18th: then Met Agreeable to Ajournment 

Abenr Chever Esqr Chosen Moderator in the Room of Decn 
Daniel Mansfield 

Voted to add to the afore Sd Committee for Raising Men the 
Captens of Each Compeny in the Town also Voted to add 
Mr. Nathan Hawks Capn Thomas Cocks Mr. Benja Johnson 
Leut Thomas Townsend & Coll John Mansfield to Sd Committee 

Voted the Comittee to percure as Many Men as they Can with the 
Money the Town Granted for the Purposs of Raising Men 

Voted this Meeting be Ajourned to the Second Monday in February 
Next at this House at two Oclock :P :M : 

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Feby : the 12th then met agreeable to Ajournment 

Voted to Impower the afore Sd Committee to Engage Live Stock 
to Such men as they may inlist in Case it Shall Appear to the 
Sd committee most for the Interest of the Town to make 
Such Engagements 

Voted the Select-men Shall be Impowered to give Securitie for 
the preformance of Such Engagements as the Sd Committee 
may mak in Case Where the Money is Not paid in hand 

Voted the Meeting be Desolved 

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Essex ss To Either of the Constables of the Town of Lynn in 
Sd County — Greeting 

The Select men of Lynn afore Sd are Informed that Persons 
hereafter Named Came into the Sd Town of Lynn & here 
Continue to Dwell Vizt — one Thomas Read & Hannah his 
wife Hannah Sarah Abigail Priscilla Lovey Daughters Also 
Thomas & Berziller Sons it is Said they Came from the Town 
of Wobern Likewise Jonathan Shelden & Ruth his wife & Betsey 
their Daughter they Came from the Town of Danvers 
These are therefore in the Name of the Commonwelth of 
Massachusetts to Requier you or Either of you Immedeatly to 
Warn the Above Named Persons forthwith to Depart from & 
Leve the Sd Town of Lynn or they will be Proceeded with as 
the Law Directs here of Fail Not & Make Return of Your 
Doings hereon 

Pr Order of Selectmen 
Lynn Feby :the 5th 1783 William Collins Town Clerk 

Essex ss Lynn Feby : the 7th 1782 I Have Warned the above 
Said Persons to Depart & Leve this Town Agreeable to Sd 
Warrant Andrew Mansfield Constable 

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The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
at the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town 
Meeting at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Moriday 
the fifth Day of March Next at ten Oclock in the fore Noon 
then & there to Choose a Town Clerk Treasurer Select Men 
Constables & all Other Town Officer as by Law Required and 
to Let the Nehant Beeches & Sedge Islands also to See if the 
Town will Let the Swine go at Large & horses without fetters 

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also to See What the Town will Give the Collectors or Constables 
for Collecting the Taxes the Currant year Like wise to Give 
in there Vots for Sum Suitable Person for a County Regiester 

Lynn Feby : 24th 1781 By order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn March the 5th 1781 

The following Persons ware Chose to Serve in the Offices 

hereafter Mentioned the Currant year 

Coll John Mansfield Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 

William Collins Chosen Town Cler & Assor & Sworn 

Coll John Flagg Chosen Town Treasurer & Sworn 

James Newhall Samuel Sweetser Abner Hood and John Upton 

Chosen Selectmen & Assessors & Sworn 

Nehemiah Ramsdel Andrew Mansfield & Amos Lewis Chosen 
Constables the two first Sworn 

& to Give Bonds to the town & have foure pence on Each pound 
for Collecting the Taxes 

Ephriam Newhall Thomas Mansfield Abraham Smith & Ephraim 
Larrabee Chosen Tithing Men the two first Mentioned Sworn 
Survayers of Highways Nathaniel Boyington William Mansfieid 
Capn John Pool & John Ierson the three first Sworn 

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Benja Mansfield Joseph Hawk Ephraim Newhall Jonathan 
Wellman & James Brown Mathew Estes Chosen Fence Vewers 
the three first Sworn 
Hog Reues Jonathan Newhall Thomas Flurrance Benja Tarbox 
Andrew Mansfield Robert Mansfield John Newhall David Lewis 
Nathan Newhall Josiah Martan the above Named Persons all 
Sworn 

James Johnson Henry Burchsted Rufus Newhall Nathan Mudge 
Joseph Atwell Lemuel Allen & Nathaniel Tarbox Junr also 
Chosen 

William Farington & James Newhall Chosen Lether Sealers 

Edward Johnson Chosen Clark of the Market 
Survayers of Lumber Samuel Silsbee & Ephriam Breed Breed 

Sworn Josiah Marten Silvenus Husey Joseph Ballard 
Fish Comittee Henry Bachelor Josiah Breed Robert Mansfield 

Samuel Smith Jonathan Tarbel Jonathen Wellman Richard Pratt 

Daniel Newhall Increas Newhall Benja Massey Benjamin 

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Mansfield Timothey Walton William Farington and Abner 
Chever Esqr Chosen a fish Comittee 
also Aded Alen Newhall & John Newhall 
Wood Sealers Increas Newhall Benja Massey & Robert Mansfield 
Chosen Wood Sealers the two first Sworn 

Coll John Mansfield Abner Chever Esqr Mr Samuel Burrill 
Decn Nathaniel Bancraft Capt Holten Johnson Benja Johnson 
& Coll John Flagg Chosen Committee of Safty 
Pharoah Newhall Issac Basset & Matthew Estes Chosen a 
Committee to Take Cear of the Beaches 
Sedge Islands Let to John Hawks for £135-0-0 
Voted The Swine go at Large & Horses to be fettered 
Voted To A jour this Meetin to Monday the 12th Instant at 3 oClock : 
P:M: 

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Monday March the 12 then met Agreeable to Ajournment and 
Voted to Excuse som Officers Chosen at the first Meeting & 
Chose Others in there Room which are Recorded on the Other 
Leef back 

Voted To Chuse a comittee to Settle the Accounts with the Seletmen 
& Town Treasurer & to Make Report to the Town 

Voted Decn Daniel Mansfield Mr Ephraim Breed Mr Jacob Newhall 
Coll John Mansfield & Mr John Basset be the Committee 

Voted this Meeting be Ajourned to the 26th Instent at 2 oClock 
P:M: 

March 26th Met Agreeable to Ajournment 
Voted to Add Coll John Mansfield & Mr John Basset to the Above 

Comittee they Stand Recorded with 
Voted To Choose Several Hog Reives which are Recorded with the 

Others which is the Reson there nams is Not Mentiond 
Voted to Choose Mr Aaron Newhall Pound Keeper 
Voted to Ajourn this Meeting to the 2nd Day of April Next at 

12 oClock at noon 

Met Agreeable to Ajournment 
Voted To Refar the Report of the Comittee on the Selectmen acts 

til may Meeting 

Voted To Pospone the Tax made to Hier Soldiers till the Town 

Shall Give further Orders 
Voted Each Person that has Paid Sd Soldear Tax Shall have Orders 

to Discount so much of the Last Tax now in the Collectors hands 

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Voted this Meeting be Ajourned to the 9th of this Instent April 
When Chose Several Officers Which is Recorded with the Rest 
Viz : Amos Lewis Constable John Iierson Survayers of High- 
ways 

The Busness of the Meeting being finished the Meeting is 
Desolved 

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The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting Are 
hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meeting at the Old Meeting 
House in Snd Town on Monday the 2nd Day of April Next 
at one OClock Afternoon to Choose a Governor Leut Governor 
& Senetors agreeable to form of Government Also to see what 
the Town will alough a Day for Working on the Highways 
this Year 

Lynn March 24th 1781 Pr Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting held at Lynn April 2d 1781 

To Choose A Governor Leut Governor & Senetors for the 
Common Wealth of Massachusetts 

The following is a List of the Persons Voted for & Number 
of Vots 

Viz : John Hancock Esqr for Governor Forty four Vots Samue. 

Holten Esqr for Leut Governor Twenty Eight Vots 

Jonathan Greenleaf Esqr for Senetor Seventeen Vots 

Azor Orn Esqr for Senetor Twenty two Vots 

Aaron Wood Eskr for Senetor Twenty one Vots 

Samuel Phillips for Senetor Twenty Vots 

Stephen Choat Esqr Twenty two Vots 

Samuel Holden Esqr Twenty four Vots 
Coll John Mansfield Chosen Moderator to Transs Act the Remainder 

of the Busnes of Sd Meeting 

Voted a Single head Shall be Taxed a Day to work on the 
highways the Currant Yeare & all Other Estate in Proportion 
Voted to Alough Out of the Highway Tax for Each Days work 
Sixty Dolers & for Each Teem havein three Cattle Ninty Dollars 
and if any Person Shall Refuse to work or pay his Money the 
Survayes make Return of Such Persons to the Selectmen & 
they are Required to put the Sum they are Taxed in Sd Highway 
tax in the Next Town Tax after Such Return is made 

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BOOK 1782 

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(Seal) 

Essex ss To Joseph Hart Constable of Lynn in Said County — 
Greeting 

The Selectmen of Lynn afore Said being Informed that the 
Persons hereafter Named Came into the Town of* Lynn & 
here Continue to dwell 

Viz One Edmund Rand & Mary his Wife Ezra Ezekiel & 
Edmund there Children 

These are therefore in the Name of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts to Requier you Imedately to Warn Each & Every 
of the Above Named Parsons to Depart & Leave this Town or 
they will be Proceeded with as the Law Directs You are Likewise 
to Inquier when they Came into this Town & from Whence 
they Came hereof fail not & Make Return of Your Doings 
hereon Given Under My hand & Seal at Lynn this 24th day 
of April 1782 

Pr Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Town Clerk 

Essex ss Lynn April the 25th 1782 

I Have Warned the Within Named Persons to Depart & Leave 
this Town Agreeable to Warrant they Likewise Informed me 
thay Came into this Town the 13th of June Last & Came from 
Maiden 

Joseph Hart Constable 

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The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting as 
the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to attend a Town Meeting at 
the West Parish Meeting House in Sd Town on Monday Next at 
2 oClock afternoon to Choose a Collector for the Weast ward in 
Sd Town & to Act on any Other things the Town May think 
Nesicary 

Lynn August 18th 1782 Pr Order 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At A Town Meeting Held at Lynn August 20th 1781 Abner Chever 

Esqr Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 
Voted To Give any new Collector that May be Chosen Six pence 

on the pound for Collecting the Taxes 

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Voted the assessors of the Town Shall Deliver the Lists for the 
Weast ward for the year to Andrew Mansfield 
Voted this Meeting be Ajourned to friday Next at five oClock 
afternoon to the House of Mr Jacob Newhalls Inholder in 
Sd Town 

The Town met Agreeable to Ajournment 

Voted To Excuse Andrew Mansfield from collecting the Taxes for 
the Weast ward 

Voted Capn Thomas Cocks be Collector for the West ward & to 

Have Six pence on the pound for Collecting 
Voted the Money that has had the Interest Paid Shall Not be taken 

by the Collectors for the Past Taxes for the Same Value &• 

that the Treasurer Shall not Take it Except the Interest is 

aloughed on Such Money 

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The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hereby Notified to Attend a Town 
Meeting at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Monday 
the fourth Day of March Next at Eleven oClock A:M: then 
& there to Choose A Town Clerk Treasurer Select-Men 
Constables & all Other Town officers as by Law Required and 
to Let the Nehant Beeches & Sedge Islands also to See if the 
Town will Let the Swine go at Large & horses without fetters 
also to See what the Town will Give the Constables or Collectors 
for Collecting the Taxes the Current year 

Lynn Feby : 21st 1782 By Order of the Select-men 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn March the 4th, 1782 
The following Persons ware Chose to Serve in the Offices 
hereafter mentioned the current year 
Abner Chever Esqr. Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 
William Collins Chosen Town Clerk Select Man & Assessor 
John Flagg Esqr Chosen Treasurer & Sworn James Newhall 
Esqr Samuel Sweetser Abner Hood & John Upton Chosen 
Select-men & Assessors 

Timothy Walton Joseph Hart & Frederick Breed Chosen 
Constables & all Sworn James Roberson Decn Daniel Mansfield 
Lemuel Alen Chosen Wardens 

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Tithing Men Ephraim Newhall Chosen & Sworn Thomas Mansfield 
Abraham Smith Thomas Cocks William Mansfield Chosen & 
Sworn 

Survayers of Highways John Collins Joseph Edmunds Josiah New- 
hall Joseph Ballard Chosen & Sworn 

Fence Vewers Benja Mansfield Nathaniel Hitchings Ephriam New- 
hall Jonathan Tarbel & William Mansfield Sworn Mathew Estes 
Jonathan Wellman & James Brown Chosen 

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Richard Hood Ephriam Newhall John Burrill Samuel Smith 
Nathan Newhall Thomas Wellman John Hawks & John Newhall 
Chosen Hogg Reves & Sworn William Tarbox Benja Hudson 
Junr Samuel Breddan Also Chosen 

James Newhall Esqr William Farington Chosen Lether Sealers 
Edward Johnson Chosen Clark of the Market Sworn 

Survayers of Lumber Ephriam Breed Moses Hudson Sworn Samuel 
Silsbe also Chosen 

Fish Comittee Capn Thomas Cocks, James Roberson Grims Tufts 
Robert Mansfield Caleb Downing Capn Holten Johnson Sworn 
Henry Burchsted Benja Massey Joseph Ballard Jonathan Well- 
man & Timothy Walton also Chosen 

Joseph Gaskill Isaiah Breed Isaac Basset and Gedeon Phillips 
Chosen a Comittee to take Cear of the Beaches 
Benja Massey Increas Newhall & Moses Hudson Chosen Wood 
Sealers & to have two pence a lod for Measeuring & they to 
Give a Ticket Sworn 
Sedge Islands Let To Grims Tufts for Ten Spanish Milled Dollers 
for one year 

Voted The Swine go at Large & Horses to be Fettered 

Voted the Collectors have Six pence on the pound for Collecting 

the Taxes the Current Year thay Giveing Bonds to the Town 
Voted To Ajourn this Meeting to the 17th Instent to this place 
March the 17th Met Agreeable to Ajournment 

Capn Holton Johnson Chosen moderator in the Room of 

Esqr. Chever he not being there 

Coll John Mansfield Abner Chever Esqr Mr Samuel Burrill 
Decn Nathaniel Bancraft Capn Holton Johnson Mr Benja 
Johnson & John Flagg Esqr Chosen a Committee of Safty 
Several Other Officers Chosen which are Recorded with the 
Others 

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Voted This Meeting be ajourned to the first Day of April to this Place 
April the first Met Agreeable to Ajournment 

Voted All the Persons Chosen in Office at this Meeting & Not 
Excused by the Town Shall pay the fine Imposed on them 
by Law 

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Essex ss To Joseph Hart Constable in Lynn — 
In the Name of the Commonwealth of Massechusetts You are 
Required to Warn the Inhabitants of the First Parish in Sd Lynn 
Quallified for Voting to Attend a Town Meeting at the Old 
Meeting House in Sd Parish on Monday Next at one OClock : 
P :M : To Choose a Governor Leut Governor & Sanetors Also 
to Consider a Petition which the North Parish in Sd Town 
Prefered to The General Court to Erect Sd Perish into a 
Seperate District & to Trancact Whatever Else Shall be Judged 
Most Conducive to the Interest of the Town hereof fail not & 
make Return of Youre Doings hereon at or before Sd Time 

Lynn March 27th 1782 By Order of the Select-men 

William Collins Tn Cler 

Essex ss Lynn April 1st 1782 I have warned the first Parish 
in Sd Lynn to Attend at Time & Place within Mentioned 

Joseph Hart Constable 

The North Parish was warned in the Same Manner & the Other 
Parts of Sd Town by Notefication as Usel 

At A Town Meeting Held at Lynn April the 1st 1782 

To Choose a Governor Leut Governor & Senetors for the 

Commonwealth of Massechusetts the following is the Persons 



Voted for & the Number of Votes 

Viz : John Hancock Esqr for Governor 55 Vots 

James Bodwine for Governor 2 Vots 

Thomas Cushing Esqr for Leut Governor 36 Vots 

Azor Orn Esq for Senetor 30 Vots 

Samuel Holten Esqr for Senetor 30 Vots 

Aaron Wood Esqr for Senetor 30 Vots 

Stephen Choat Esqr for Senetor 30 Vots 

Jonathan Greenleaf Esqr for Senetor 30 Vots 

Samuel Phillips Esqr for Senetor 30 Vots 

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Capn Holten Johnson was Chosen Moderator to Transact the 
Remainder of the Busness of the Meeting 
Voted The Select-Men with the Addition of Capt. Holten Johnson 
Coll John Flagg & Coll John Mansfield be a Committee To Act. 
in Behalf of the Town in Making answer to a Petition which 
the North Parish in Sd Town Prefered to the General Court 
to Erect Sd Parish into a Seperate District Also Voted 

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Voted the Wages for working on the High ways the Current year 
Shall be for a Man three Shillings Pr Day & a Team with three 
cattle Six Shillings Pr Day 
At a General Town Meeting held in Lynn May the 14th 1782 

Capn Holten Johnson was Chosen to Represent Sd Town At the 

General Court the Currant Year 

The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting are 
Hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meeting at the Old Meeting 
House in Sd Town on Wednesday the 5th Day of June Next at 

3 oClock After noon To See if the Town will Choose a Com- 
mittee to Joyne a Committee Allreddy Chosen by the North 
Parish in Sd Town to Consult or agree on Sum ways or 
Measurs to Erect Sd Parish into a Seperate District Agreeable 
to the Request of Sd Parish Also To See if the Town will Make 
a Grant of Money to Defray Town Charges 

Lynn May 27th 1782 Pr Order of the Select-men 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn June the 5th 1782 
Abner Chever Esqr Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 

Voted To Choose a Committee Agreeable to the Notefication 

Voted there be five men on Sd Committee 

Voted William Collins James Newhall Samuel Sweetser Coll John 

Mansfield & Abner Hood be Sd Committee 
Voted Sd Committee Meet with the Committee of the North Parish 

to See in What way they Can Agree to Set of Sd Parish as a 

Distrect & Make Report to the Town at the Ajournment of 

this Meeting 

Voted To Grant four Hundred pounds in Speshe to Defray town 
Charges 

Voted To Ajounr this Meeting to this Day week at this House at 

4 oClock After noon 

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June the 12th the Town Met agreeable to Ajournment The afore 
Sd Committee not agreeing to any thing the Town Voted to ajourn 
this Meeting to the 19th Instent 

June the 19th 1782 the Town Met Agreeable to ajournment & the 
Comittee's Made the following Report to the Town Viz : We the 
Committee of the Town of Lynn and the Committee of the North 
Parish in Sd Town Chosen by Sd Town & Parish to agree to agree 
on Sum Terms to Set off Sd Parish from Sd Town as a Seprate 
District have met & Do Agree to Set off Sd Parish in the following 
maner Viz they the Sd Parish to pay all there proportion of the 
Towns Debts Du at this time & all Town Charges tell they the 
Sd Parish are Set off by the General Court as a Seperate District 
from Sd Town Also that Sd Parish pay their Propportionable part 
to Support the Poor of Sd Town tell the Close of the war & at the 
End of the war the Poor Shall be Divided & Sd North Parish Shall 
Take their Proportionable part of Sd Poor Agreeable to their Taxes 
& that the Sd Poor be Proportioned by a Committee Chosen by Sd 
Town & Parish Viz: Sd Town to Choose two men to be on Sd 
Committee & Sd Parish one & if they Cannot agree on Sd Proportion 
to Have Power to Submit it to Disinterested Men Mutily Chosen & 
that the Poor be Under the Cear of the above Sd Committee During 
the war and if Sd North Parish Request it they to take there 
Proportion of Sd Poor & Support them in Sd Parish 

Lynn June the 19th 1782 

John Mansfield " 

William Collins _ 

T xt i. ii Towns 

James Newhall > ~ 

i , o I Committee 

Samuel Sweetser | 

Abner Hood J 

Daniel Mansfield 1 p ar i sns 

Jonathan Tarbel > „ 

"L . „ Committee 

Joseph Go wing J 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn June the 5th 1782 & Con- 
tinued by Ajournment to the 19th when the above Report was made 
to the Sd Town by Sd Committees & after Som Debats the Town 
Voted Unanamously to Axcept the above Sd Report with the 
following Amendment Viz: Sd Parish to Give up all there Right 
in any of the town Priveledges Lying & being in the Other Parts 
of the Town 

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The Inhabitents of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting as 
the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meeting at 
the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Wednesday Next at 3 oClock 
Afternoon to Choose a Committee or Committees to Settle with 
Lynnfield Distrect agreeable to the Vote of the Town 
Lynn Octr 4th, 1782 Pr Order- 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At A Town Meeting held at Lynn Octr the 9th 1782 

Coll John Mansfield Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 

Voted To Choose a Committee of five men to Meet the Committee 
of Lynn field to Settle & Divide the The Towns Debts Agreeable 
to the Vote of Sd Town ' • 

Voted Mr Ephraim Breed Coll John Mansfield Mr Joseph Ballard 
Abner Chever Esqr & Mr Abner Hood be Sd Committee 

Voted James Newhall Esqr & William Collins be a Committee to 
Divide the Poor now on Hand 

Voted Coll John Flagg Town Treasurer Settle with all the Con- 
stables Excepting the Constables Chosen in March last in 
fourteen Days from this Day 

Voted Mr Ephriam Breed Wait on Coll John Flagg to Let him Know 
the Vote of the Town 

Voted the Selectmen Notefie All Persons that have Any Demands 
on the Town to bring An acct of Such Nots or Other Demands 
to the Sd Selectmen At Such time & Place as they Shall Apoint 

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At a Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn 
legally Assembled on the 2nd day of Janauary 1783 Voted that 
a Removal of the July Court of Common Pleas from Salam to 
Ipswich and the Supreme Juditial Court from Ipswich to Newbry 
Port would be very Disagreable to this Town and Choose the 
Sd Courts be Continued & held as they have been heretofore. 

William Collins Tn Cler 

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(Seal) 

Essex ss To Either of the Constables of the Town of Lynn in 
in Sd County Greeting 

Whereas the Select-men of Lynn afor Sd are Informed that 
the Several Persons hereafter named have Latelv came into this 

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Town and here continue to dwell Viz : one John Spenne & Grace 
his wife John Robert Benjamin Francis Thomas & Samuel there 
Sons and Grace and Mary there Daughters who Came from 
the Town of Peckersfield Som time in March Last Also one 
Daniel Fisher of Boston who came into this Town Som time in 
May Last also one Jemime Jenkins whoe came from the Town 
of Maiden also Samuel Berry & Mary his wife Katharine Mary 
Elizabeth & Sarah there Daughters whoe came from the Town 
of Maiden Also one John Walker Hannah his wife & William 
his Son who came from the Town of Danvers Som Time in May 
last Also Sarah Pepper also William Verry also Amos Verry 
who Came from the Town of Danvers Likewise John Francisco 
who came from the Town of Boston 

These are therefore in the Name of the Commonwealth 
of Massechusetts to Requier you or either of you to Imediately 
to Warn Each & Every of the Above Named Persons forth with 
to Depart from and leave the Town of Lynn Otherwise they 
will be proceeded with as the Law Directs you are Likewise 
to Inquier of Sd persons when they Severaly came into this 
Town 

Here of fail not & Make Return of Your Doings here on 
February the 5th 1783 
By Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Tn Cler 

Essex ss Lynn Feby : the 6th, 1783 

I have Warned the Above Named Persons to Depart & Leave 
this Town Agreeable to the Warrant 

Joseph Hart Constable 

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The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town Meeting 
at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Monday the 3d Day of 
March next At Eleven oClock in the fore noon then & there to Choose 
A Town Clerk Treasurer Selectmen Constables & all Other Town 
Officers as by Law Required an to Let the Nehant Beeches & Sedge 
Islands Also to See if the Town will Let the Swine go at Large 
& Horses with Out fetters 

Also To See if the Town will Grant Money to pay the Whol 
or any part of the Towns Debts & Likewise to Order in way or 
manner thev will have it Collected & paid 

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Also to See if the Town will Sell the Towns House Called 
the work House & the Land Ajovning and Order in what manner 
it Shall be Sold 

Lynn Feby : 22d 1783 By Order of the Selectmen 

William Collins Tn Cler 

A a General Town Meeting held at Lynn This 3d Day of March 
1783 The following Persons ware Chosen to Serve in the Offices 
Hereafter Mentioned the Currant Year 

Abner Chever Esqr Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 
William Collins Chosen Town Clerk Selectman & Assessor 
Coll John Flagg Chosen Treasurer & Sworn James Newhall 
Esqr & Samuel Sweetser Chosen Selectmen & Assessors 
Constables Abner Chever Junr Chosen & Sworn Ephraim Breed 
Chosen 

Thomas Stocker Aaron Newhall & Ephraim Newhall Chosen 
Wardens 

Tithing Men Abraham Smith chosen John Ierson Chosen & Sworn 
Haris Chadwell Chosen 

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Survayers of Highways Joseph Edmunds Coll John Mansfield 

Chosen Joseph Ballard Sworn William Newhall Sworn 
Fence Vewers Ephraim Newhall Matthew Estes William Sweetser 

& Thomas Hawks Chosen & Sworn 

Joseph Edmunds also Chosen & Sworn 
Hogg Reves James Breed Samuel Chase Henry Burchsted David 

Lewis & Jonathan Downing Chosen & Sworn 

James Roberson Nathan Newhall & Lewis Bruce also Chosen 
Voted the Swine go at Large from the first Day of May 5 Months 

following 

Lather Sealers James Newhall Esqr & Dn William Farington 

Edward Johnson Chosen Clark of the Market & Sworn 
Survayers of Lumber Ephraim Breed & Moses Hudson Sworn 
Fish Comittee James Roberson Abraham Smith Samuel Mansfield 
Jedidiah Newhall & Joseph Hart Chosen & Sworn Capn Thorns 
Cocks Grims Tufts & Robard Mansfield Also Chosen 
Ephraim Newhall & Hugh Alley Chosen to take Cear of the 
Beaches 

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Wood Sealers Increase Newhall Benja Massey Moses Hudson & 
Henry Batchelor Chosen & Sworn 

Coll John Mansfield Abner Chever Esqr Mr Samuel Burrill 

Capn Holton Johnson Mr Benja Johnson & Coll John Flagg 

Chosen Committee of Safty 
Sedge Islands Let to Grims Tufts one year for £2-3-0 
Voted The Town Treasurer pay to Lynn field there Proportion of 

there Credit Due to them & Like wise to take Bonds of them 

for the payment of there proportion of the Debts agreeable to 

the Settelment of the Committe 
Voted the Selectmen Notefie & Sell the the Towns House Called 

the work House & Land Ajoyning as Mentioned in the Notefi- 

cation to the Highest bedder 

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Voted This Meeting be Adjourned to the 17th Instent to this House 
at3oClockP:M: 

Lynn March the 17th 1783 The Town Met Agreeable to Adjourn- 
ment 

Voted To Excuse Ephriam Newhall from Serving Warden and 
Chose him Tithing man & he was Sworn 

Voted To Give the Constables Seven pence on the pound for 
Collecting the Taxes the Currant year provided they Give Bonds 
to the Town with Such Security as the Town Shall Accept for 
the payment of the Money assessed & pay in the whol of the 
Assessments to the Treasurer with in one Year from the Date 
of Such assesments or Taxes Committed to them to Collect 

Voted to Accept Frederick Breed to Serve Constable in the Room 
& Sted of Ehpraim Breed Said Frederick Breed was Sworn 
Acordingly 

Som Other officers Chosen which are Recorded with the Others 
Voted James Newhall Esqr & Mr Samuel Sweetser be a Committee 

to Take Cear of the Poor Also Voted on the Adjournment Sd 

Comittee be The Comittee to Divide the Poor with Lynnfield 

When a peas it Made Certain 
Voted Ephriam Breed Capn Thomas Cocks Joseph Fuller & Joseph 

Hart be a Comittee to Settle all the Towns Accts & Make Report 

to the Town 

Voted This Meeting be Adjourned to April the 7th 

The Town Met on the Adjournment & ajourned this Meet- 
ing to the Annual Meeting in May Next 

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The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn are hereby Notefied to 
Attend a Town Meeting at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town 
on Monday the 7th Day of April Next at three oClock P :M : 
to Choose A Governor Leut Governor & Senators Also to See 
of the Town Will act on three Noats Given in Behalf of Said 
Town to Caleb & Jacob Collins Which Appears to be Wrongly 
Dated 
Lynn March 29th 1783 

By Order of the Select-men 

William Collins Tn Cler 

At a Town Meeting Held at Lynn on Monday the 7th Day 
of April 1783 The following Parsons was Voted for 



Viz : for Governor John Hancock Esqr 32 Vots 

Thomas Cushing Esqr for Leut Governor 32 Vots 

Samuel Holten Esqr 11 Vots 

OT Jonathan Greenleif Esqr — 11 Vots 

£ Stephen Choat Esqr 11 Vots 

g Samuel Phillips Esqr 11 Vots 

1X1 Aaron Wood Esqr 11 Vots 

George Cobbet Esqr 11 Vots 



Voted The Last Claus in the Warrant be Refeared to the Annual 
Meeting in May Next 

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At a Town Meeting held at Lynn May the 8th 1783 to 
Make Choice of a Person or persons to Represent them at the 
General Court the Currant Year 

The Town Made Choice of Mr Samuel Burrill to Reprsent 
them at Sd Court 

The Town Also Voted to Chuse a Committee of five Men 
to Settle Caleb Collin's & Jacob Collin's Notes and Sd Committee 
to have full power to Settle Sd Notes as they in there Judgment 
Shall think Right 

Voted Abner Chever Esqr James Newhall Esqr Capn Thomas Cocks 
Joseph Hart & Josiah Breed be the Sd Committee to Acct as 
Above Sd 

The Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn Quallified for Voting 
as the Law Directs are hereby Notefied to Attend a Town 
Meeting at the Old Meeting House in Sd Town on Wednesday 

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Next at 2 oClock P:M: To See if the Town will Grant Money 
to pay the Whol or any part of the Towns Debts & to Defray 
the Arising Charges in Sd Town Also to See if the Town will 
agree to have the Courts Removed Likewise to See in what 
manner the Grate Bridge Shall be Repaired & also to See i' 
the Town will Grant a fue Pols of Land to Majr David Parker 
whare his Shop Stands and Ajovning 

Pr Order of the Select-men 

Lynn September 5th 1783 

William Collins Tn Cler 

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At a Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Lynn 
legally Assembled on the 10th day of September 1783 
Esqr Chever Chosen Moderator of Sd Meeting 
Voted To Grant Five Hundred pounds Lawfull Money to be 
Assessed on the Inhabitants of Sd Town by the Assessors To 
pay Sum part of the Towns Debts & Arising Charges in Sd 
Town 

Voted it Was the Opinion of Sd Town that it is Most for the benefit 
of the county of Essex in General to have the Courts in Sd 
County Continue as they are and that Our Representative 
(who was present be directed to use the utmost of his Endeavors 
to Prevent the Removal of Sd Courts 

Voted the Select-men be a Committee to Call on Mrs Debrah Gould 
to Repair her part of the Gate Bridge & Let her know if She 
Neglects to do it they the Sd Committee Shall Prosecute her 

Voted To Grant Majr David Parker a fue Pols of the Towns Land 
as Staked out by the Committee he paving what the Sd Commit- 
tee has Vallued Sd Land at 

Voted the Town Clerk Enter on the Towns Book the Several peaces 
of the Towns Land that has been Granted to Persons & Paid 
for before Sd Clerk was Chosen & he Shall be paid a Resonable 
price for the Same 



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Index 



This index lists material found in this volume. Each volume 
contains an individual index. All indexes contain entries of a 
historical, sociological, and religious, as well as of a genealogical 
nature, srinoe it is evident that the Town Records will be of value 
to students in these fields. 

Genealogists will find that certain individuals may be listed under 
more than one entry, due to the various military, civil, and religious 
titles acquired by these people and to the frequent scarcity of infor- 
mation contained in the Records themselves. 

Quaint and inconsistent spellings of surnames also presented a 
problem and it is hoped that this method of indexing individuals ex- 
actly as listed in the Records, whenever the identity^ /as in slight 
doubt, will prove the most satisfactory method to users of these 
volumes. 

Dorothy C. Haywood 
Chief Librarian 
Lynn Public Library 



Aborn, Ebenezer Jr., 6 
Alarm Men, 30 
Alewives, 20, 28, 43, 44 
Allen, Lemuel, 43, 76, 80 
Alley, Hugh, 69, 87 
Alley, James, 54, 59 
American States, defense of, 42, 
43 

Ammunition, 21, 22, 47, 48 

Arbitrators, 25 

Arms, Carrying to Sabboth 

Meeting, 34 
Articles of Confederation, 50 
Assembly, right of denial, 15 
Assessors, 3, 6, 11, 18, 19, 27, 33, 

35, 36, 43, 50, 71, 74, 76, 80, 87 
Attwill, Joseph, 76 
Bachelder, Henry, 7, 36, 44, 67, 

76, 88 

Ballard, Joseph 36, 48, 51, 52, 57, 
61,67,71,73, 74, 76, 81,85, 87 



Bancroft, James, 20 

Bancroft, John, 51 

Bancroft, Nathaniel, 7, 8, 23, 25, 

26, 31, 32, 33, 38, 58, 60, 61, 

67, 68, 73, 77, 81 
Bassett, Daniel, 3, 4 
Bassett, Isaac, 36, 44, 51. 57, 77, 

81 

Bassett, John, 10, 12, 36, 43, 50, 

56, 57, 61, 62, 68, 77 
Bassett, Joseph, 10 
Batts, John, 4, 11, 18, 20, 21, 28, 

36 

Baxter, Content, 5 
Beaoh, King's, public way, 5, 7, 
9, 10 

Beach, Nahant, 6, 7, 11, 12, 19, 
20, 27, 28, 35, 36, 43, 44, 50, 
51, 56, 57, 58, 66, 75, 80, 86 
Committee to mend, 56, 57 

Beaches, Committee to care for, 



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57, 58, 67, 77, 81, 87 

Road over beach to be repaired 
by subscription, 58 
Bequest, to town, 35, 36, 39 
Berry, Elizabeth, 86 
Berry, Hannah, 5 
Berry, Katherine, 86 
Berry, Mary, 5, 86 
Berry, Samuel, 4, 5, 86 
Berry, Sarah, 86 
Berry, Thomas, 5 
Blaney, Joseph, 50 
Boardman, Samuel, 36, 50, 57, 67 
Boston, Town of, 8, 14, 15, 17, 

18, 21, 25, 26, 45, 53, 59, 86 

Lynn ready to assist, 17 
Boston Port Bill, 22, 28 
Bowden, Benjamin, 20, 21, 30 
Bowen, Nathan, 11 
Boyington, Nathaniel, 76 
Bread Weigher, 7, 12, 20, 28, 36, 

44, 51 
Breddan, Samuel, 81 
Breed, Allen, 12 
Breed, Amos Jr., 12, 36 
Breed, Daniel, 36 
Breed, Ephriam, 7, 12, 20, 28, 44, 

57, 62, 67, 68, 76, 77, 81, 85, 

87 88 

Breed, Ezra, 11, 12, 13, 27, 43, 50 

Breed, Frederick, 80, 88 

Breed, Isaiah, 7, 20, 21, 28, 35, 

43, 44, 50, 51, 57, 81 
Breed, Jabez, 67 
Breed, James, 20, 87 
Breed, Josiah, 18, 20, 21, 28, 30, 

35, 36, 47, 67, 73, 76, 89 
Breed, Nathan, 7, 12, 14, 20, 28, 

36, 57, 67, 69 
Breed, Nehemiah, 58 
Breed, Richard, 48 
Breed, Samuel, 36, 67 

Breed, Theophiluis, 7, 21, 28, 29, 
30, 36, 37, 43, 47, 49, 58 

Breed, Zephaniah, 7, 12 

Bridges, 4 
gate, 90 

great, 56, 58, 62, 90 
Bridle Way, 3 



Brigadier, 54 

Brown, Ebenezer, 7, 12, 20 
Brown, Jacob, 12 
Brown, James, 28, 43, 76, 81 
Brown, Jonathan, 44 
Bruce, Lewis, 87 
Bryant, John, 3, 4, 7, 20 
Bryant, Jonathan, 20 
Buckston, Anna, 70 
Buckston. Anthony, 70 
Buckston, Betty, 70 
Buckston, Sarah, 70 
Bulls, 53 

Burchstead, Dr. Benjamin, 68 
Burehstead, Henry, 44, 76. 81, 87 
Burnham, John, 43, 51 
Burrage, Abijah, 57 
Burrage, John, 13, 35. 43, 50, 57, 

59, 66, 72 
Burrill, Benjamin, 51 
Burrill, Ebenezer, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 

14, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 

27, 29, 32, 33, 34. 
Burrill, Ezra, 43, 44, 45, 57, 69 
Burrill, John, 8, 20, 36, 58, 81 
Burrill, John the 4th, 66 
Burrill, Samuel, 34, 37, 38, 44, 

49, 50, 52, 58, 61, 67, 68, 72, 

77, 81, 88, 89 
Burrill, Theophilus, 19, 21 
Cambridge, 3, 26, 34, 61 
Cambridge convention to form a 

new constitution, 60, 61 
Canada, Expedition to, 39, 40 

Pay for Lynn Soldiers, 39, 40 
Cannon, sale of, 41 
Cattle & beef for army, 72, 73, 74 
Chadwell, Benjamin, 59 
Chadwell, Harris, 12, 61, 62, 87 
Charlestown, 25, 26 
Chase, Samuel, 87 
Chever, Abijah, 4. 6, 8, 11, 19, 

25, 26, 27 
Chever, Abner, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 

19, 20, 26, 37, 42, 52, 54, 56, 

58, 61, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 

71, 73, 74, 77, 79, 80, 81, 83. 

85, 87, 88, 89, 90 
Chever, Abner, Jr., 87 



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Chever, Joshua, 4 
Circular Letter, of Town of 

Boston, 15 
Clerk of the Market, 7, 12, 20, 

28, 36, 44, 51, 67, 76, 81, 87 
Clothing for Army, 73 
Coats, Ezra,, 12, 43, 50 
Coats, John, 57 
Coats, Stephen, 51 
Collins, Caleb, 7, 12, 51, 54, 57, 

69, 89 
Collins, Jacob, 8, 89 
Collins, John, 7, 12, 20, 81 
Collins, Nathaniel, 20, 28 
Collins, Neherniah, 19 
Collins, Samuel, 25, 54 
Collins, Samuel, Jr., 7, 12, 14, 

28, 36, 43 
Collins, William, 5, 20, 21, 28, 

36, 47, 48, 49, 52, 53, 54, 55, 

56, 57, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 

66, 68, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 

78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 

87, 89, 90 
Committee of Correspondence, 

8, 14, 16, 18, 24, 32, 35, 37, 38, 

43, 44, 52 
Committee of Safety, 31, 37, 43, 

52, 58, 77, 81, 88 
Committee on supplies for army, 

73, 75 

Committee to lay out road, 9, 10 
Committee to raise men, 71, 72, 
74 

Communication, with our sister 

Colonies, 16 
Concord Convention, 60, 61, 62, 

„ 63 

Congress, Continental, 25, 26, 

33, 34, 39 
Congress, Provincal, 25, 26, 32, 

33 

Representative to, 26, 32 
Congress of the Colonies, 22, 23 
Constable, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13, 
18, 19, 20, 26, 27, 35, 36, 37, 
42, 43, 45, 50, 56, 57, 62, 64, 
65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76, 
78, 79, 80, 82, 85, 86, 87, 88 



Collection of Taxes, 88 

Bond for, 88 
Constitution, State, 15, 17, 23. 

24, 41, 42, 46 

New, 59, 68, 69 
Continental Army, town's quota. 

48, 60, 62, 67, 74 

Care for families of soldiers, 

49, 52, 58 

Convention, County, 37, 38, 52, 
61 

Cordwainer, 64 

Court, Commiittee of, 5, 9, 10 

Court, Common Pleas, removal 
of, 85, 90 

Count, general, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 
60, 67, 72, 73, 74, 82, 83, 84, 89 

Court, great and general Repre- 
sentative Notice of Election of, 
3, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 
24, 33, 34, 35, 38, 41, 45, 46, 
59, 68 

Instructions to representative, 
14, 16, 90 

Just and fair representation, 38 
Court of general Sessions, 10, 1 1 
Court, Supreme Judicial, removal 

of 85, 90 
Cox, Thomas, 28, 51, 74, 80, 81, 

87, 88, 89 
Danforth, Joshua, 12, 21, 30 
Daniels, Charity, 65, 66 
Danvers, ,Town of, 65, 70, 71, 

75, 86 

Deeds, Register of, for the 

County, 35, 47, 76 
Derby, John, Cordwainer, 64 
Derby, Sarah, 64 
Downing, Caleb, 7, 12, 81 
Downing, Caleb, Jr., 20, 28, 36 
Downing, Jonathan, 87 
East India Company, 17 
Eaton, Joseph, 55 
Edmonds, James, 20 
Edmonds, Joseph, 6, 7, 12, 28, 35, 

43, 50, 51, 55, 58, 81, 87 
Egg Rock, 11, 12, 19, 20, 27, 28 
Encrochment, committee on, 6, 7, 

13, 14, 51 



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Englishmen, liberties of, 16 

Epes, Daniel, 11 

Essex, County, 10, 90 

Estes, Matthew, 6, 43, 57, 67, 76, 

77 81 87 
Estes, William, 4, 6, 11, 19, 25, 27 
Farrington, William, 7, 12, 20, 

28, 33, 36, 44, 57, 67, 76, 77, 

81, 87 
Fence across road, 56 
Fence Viewers, 7, 12, 13, 20, 21, 

28, 30, 36, 43, 51, 55, 57, 67, 

68, 76, 81, 87 
Ferry, 14 

Field Driver, 21,30, 36,44 

Fine, on officers for failure of 
men to serve in army, 71 

Fine, Town officers for non-per- 
formance, 82 

Fire Arms, 48 

Fish, Caller of, 7, 12, 20, 28, 36, 
57 

Fish Committee, 7, 12, 20, 28, 30, 
36, 44, 51, 57, 67, 76, 77, 81, 
87 

Fisher, Daniel 86 

Fitchburg, town of , 64 

Flagg, Dr. John, 8, 23, 24, 26, 
31, 37, 44, 52, 54, 58, 67, 68, 
71, 72, 76, 77, 80, 81, 83, 85, 
87,88 

Florence, Thomas, 76 

Ford , 4 

Francisco, John, 86 
Freeholders, 3, 5, 8, 11, 13, 17, 

19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 30, 31, 32, 

33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 

42, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49 
Fuller, David, 6 
Fuller, Joseph, 88 
Fuller, Nathaniel, 3, 4, 10 
Gardner, Henry, 25, 26 
Gaskel, Joseph, 21, 28, 36, 81 
Goldthwaite, Benjamin, 43 
Gould, Benjamin, 20 
Gould, Deborah, 90 
Gould, Jonathan, 70 
Gould, Joseph, 7, 9, 10, 35, 36, 

39 



Gould, Martha, 70 

Gowing, Ezekiel, 30 

Gowing, James, 28, 35, 36, 43, 44 

Gowing, John, Jr., 20 

Gowing, Joseph, 4, 27, 47, 50, 56, 
57, 66, 84 

Graves, Rand, 6, 7, 20, 28, 36, 66 

Gray, Harrison, 25, 26 

Gray, Joseph, 28 

Great Britain, her colonies, 16 

Grievances, Public, of the Pro- 
vince, 8, 16 
Redress of, 16 

Guards for Boston , 60 

Guns, for soldiers going to Can- 
ada, 39 

Ha/nnable, (negro), purchase of 

land by, 58 
Hart, John, 56, 57 
Hart, Joseph, 13, 57, 79, 80, 82, 

86, 87, 88, 89 
Harvard, town of, 64 
Harvard College, 3, 8 
Hawkes, Adam, 20, 36 
Hawkes, Elkeny (Elkanah), 20, 

25,68 

Hawkes, John, 9, 12, 29, 45, 47, 

57, 58, 77, 81 
Hawkes, Joseph. 51, 57, 67, 68, 

76 

Hawkes, Nathan, 6, 43, 57, 66, 74 
Hawkes, Thomas, 6, 27, 35, 43, 

50, 54, 87 
Hay, for army at Cambridge, 34 
Highway rate, duty to work out, 
19, 21, 35, 37, 45, 68, 78 
Rate of pay, 46, 68, 83 
Pay of team of 3 Cattle, 83 
Highways, surveyors of, 6, 12, 
13, 19, 20, 21, 28, 35, 37, 43, 

50, 57, 67, 76, 78, 81, 87 
Hitchings, Nathaniel, 81 

Hog Reeve, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20, 28, 
30, 36, 43, 51, 57, 67, 76, 77, 
81,87 

Hood, Abner, 76, 80. 83, 84, 85 

Hood, Richard, 81 

Horses, 6, 7, 19, 27, 35, 43, 50, 

51, 56, 66, 75, 77, 80, 81, 86 



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House of Representatives 

(State), 42 
Hudson, Benjamin, Jr., 81 
Hudson, Moses, 7, 12, 20, 28, 81, 

87,88 
Hughes, John, 67 
Hussey, Sylvaneus (Salvenus) 

3, 4, 8, 11, 20, 51, 58, 59, 67, 

68, 76 

Hutchinson, Nathaniel, 27, 30, 

36, 44, 51, 57 
Inflation, price of wood, 67 

priice of labor, 68 
Ingalls, Eleazer Collin^, 7, 12, 28 
Ingalls, Elijah, 27, 29 
Ingalls, Jacob, 12, 28 
Ingalls, Jacob, Jr., 30, 51 
Ingalls, Samuel, 68 
Ipswich, town of, 11, 24, 37, 38, 

52,61,85 
Ireson, John, 51, 58, 61, 62, 76, 

78 87 

Islands, Sedge, 6, 7, 11, 12, 19, 

20, 27, 28, 35, 36, 43, 44, 50, 

51, 56, 57, 66, 67, 75, 77, 80, 

81,86,88 
Jeffry, William 11 
Jenkins, Jemime, 86 
Johnson, Benjamin, 44, 52, 58, 

67, 69, 71, 73, 74, 77, 81, 88 
Johnson, Daniel, 57 
Johnson, Edward, 7, 12, 20, 25, 

28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 44, 

46, 51, 67, 76, 81, 87 
Johnson, Edward, Jr., 44 
Johnson, Holten, 48, 53, 58, 59, 

61, 67, 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 77. 

81,83,88 
Johnson, James, 51, 55, 76 
Johnson, Ruth (Inn Holder), 7, 

13 

Johnson, Samuel, 3 
Jones, Benjamin, 11 
Jury, Grand, 4 
Jury Duty, 22, 69 
Justice of the Peace, 21 
Land, Conditional Grants, 9 
Larabee, Ephriam, 28, 36, 43, 57, 
67, 76 



Leather, Sealer, 7, 12, 20, 28, 36, 
Law Suits, Needless, 25 

44, 51, 57, 67, 76, 81, 87 
Leave town, warning to, 5, 18, 64. 

65, 66, 70, 71, 75, 79, 86 
Leech, John, 1 1 
Lewis, Abigail, 3, 4, 10 
Lewis, Amos, 76, 78 
Lewfe, Daniel, 76, 87 
Lewis, Edmond, 5. 7. 9, 10 
Lewis, John, 58 
Lewis, John III, 7 
Lindsey, Eleazer, 35, 67 
Lord's Day, Unnecessary travel 

on, 34 
Lucom, Alexander, 64 
Lucom, Desier, 64 
Lucom, Venus, 64 
Lumber Sealer, 7, 12, 20, 21, 28, 

36, 44,51,57, 67, 76, 81,87 
Lyndsev, Benjamin, 8 
Lynnfield, District, 85, 88 
Maiden (town of), 34, 79, 86 
Mansfield, Andrew, 50, 67, 75, 

76,80 

Mansfield, Benjamin, 20, 21, 67, 
68, 76, 77, 81 

Mansfield, Daniel, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 
11, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 
26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 34, 35, 37, 
38, 39, 40, 41, 44, 46, 47, 48, 
52, 58, 59, 61, 63, 66, 68, 69, 
71, 73, 74, 77, 80, 84 

Mansfield, Issac, 11 

Mansfield, John, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 
13, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 
28, 29, 36, 37, 43, 44, 47, 49, 
50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 61, 
67, 68, 73, 74, 76, 77, 78, 81, 
83, 84, 85, 87, 88 

Mansfield, Richard, 12, 36, 44 

Mansfield, Robert, 7, 12. 44, 57, 
67, 76, 77, 81, 87. 

Mansfield, Robert, Jr., 20, 28, 30, 
36 

Mansfield, Rufus, 28, 33, 36, 44, 

47, 51, 57 
Mansfield, Samuel, 36, 43, 50, 87 
Mansfield, Thomas, 76, 81 



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Mansfield, William, 7, 28, 35, 50, 

57, 67, 76, 81 
Manufactories, 25, 26 
Marble, Francis, 7 
Marblehead, Town of, 24, 38 
Marsh, Black, 14 
Martan, Josiah, 7, 8, 12, 13, 24, 

67, 71, 76 

Massachusetts, Commonwealth of 

86 (first use of term in Records 

of Lynn) 
Massachusetts Bay, State of, 42 
Massey, Benjamin, 7, 12, 20, 28, 

36, 44, 51, 57, 61, 67, 76, 77, 

81,88 

Meeting House (old), 3, 5, 6, 8, 
11, 13, 14, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 

30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 

39, 40, 41, 42, 45, 46, 47, 48, 

49, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 59, 
62, 63, 66, 72, 75, 78, 80, 82, 
83, 85, 86, 89 

Meeting of .the towns of the 

County, 24 
Merry, Ralph, 43, 51 
Middleton, Town of, 70, 71 
Militia Officers, 71 
Ministry, British, 16, 17, 18, 23 
Minutemem, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31 

Drill of, 29 

Officers, 29 

Pay of, 28, 29, 31 
Moderator, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 14, 17, 

18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 

40, 41, 42, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 

50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 59, 60, 
61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 

68, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 78, 79, 
80, 81, 83, 85, 86, 90 

Molten, Jacob, 70 
Molten, Joseph, 70 
Molten, Joshua, 70 
Molten, Molley, 70 
Monroe, Timothy, 27, 43, 44, 51, 
51 

Moulton, Ezekiel, 6 
Mudge, Nathan, 67, 76 
Nahant, 53 



Need'hams Landing, 14 
Negro, 58, 64 
New York, 41 

Newburyport, Town of, 10, 85 
Newhall, Aaron, 35, 77, 87 
Newhall, Abijah, 8 
Newhall, Allan, 20, 21, 57, 67, 77 
Newhall, Asa, 21, 30, 36, 44, 68 
Newhall, Benjamin, 3, 4, 6, 11, 

19, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 
32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 
41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47 (deceased) 

Newhall, Daniel, 27, 37, 44, 67, 
76 

Newhall, Ephriam, 7, 12, 20, 
28, 36, 43, 50, 57, 67, 76, 81, 
87, 88 

Newhall, Ezekiel, 12, 67 

Newhall, Ezra, 30 

Newhall, Increase, 7, 12, 18, 19, 

20, 28, 36, 44, 51, 57, 67, 76, 
77, 81, 88 

Newhall, Isiah, 7, 36 

Newhalll, Jabez, 20, 28 

Newhall, Jacob, 12, 20, 21, 28, 

30, 36, 51, 61, 65, 71, 73, 74, 

77, 80 

Newhall, Jacob, Jr., 28, 44, 57 
Newhall, James, 7, 12, 20, 28, 35, 

36, 43, 44, 46, 48, 50, 56, 57, 

61, 66, 76, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 

87, 88, 89 
Newhall, Jedidiah, 87 
Newhall, John, 76, 77, 81 
Newhall, Jonathan, 76 
Newhall, Joseph, 6, 7, 8, 12, 20 
Newhall, Josiah, 12, 13, 20, 21, 

36, 44, 57, 81 
Newhall, Nathan, 7, 11, 28, 67, 

76, 81, 87 
Newhall, Nehemiah, 14 
Newhall, Pharaoh, 20, 36, 44, 51, 

57, 77 
Newhall, Rufus, 67, 76 
Newhall, William, 87 
Night Watch, 31 
Norwood, John, 7, 67 
Orn, John, 11, 13, 35, 37,68 
Papoon, Richard, 59 



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Papoons, 4 
Parishes 

Equal proportion of meetings, 
50, 51 
Parish, First, 82 

Petition of North Parish to 
General Court to become a 
separate District, 82 
Parish, North, 7, 9, 20, 28, 29, 
30, 52, 55, 82 

Meeting House, North Parish, 
56, 60, 67, 82 

Petition to set off, 50, 51, 54, 
82, 83, 84 

Inoculations, 53 

Road to be laid out, 55, 56 

Election of Slate of Officers, 82 
Parish, Old, 7 
Parish, Second, 9 
Parish, Third, 9 
Parish, West, 3, 7, 9, 20, 59 

Inoculations, 53 

Meeting house, 79 

Parker, , 58 

Parker, Benjamin, 67 

Parker, David, 6, 12, 28, 32, 47, 

90 

Parliament, (British), 17, 22, 23 
Pan-art, Benjamlin, 12 
Peckersneki, Town of, 86 
People, power of, 16 
Pepper, Sarah, 86 
Perkins, John, 35, 43 
Permit to Pass, 32 
Perry, Thaddas, 6, 8 
Pest House, 53 

Petition, evaluation of property, 3 

Phillips, Gideon, 81 

Phillips, James, 6 

Pickering, Timothy, 47 

Pole, 4, 10, 11 

Pond, Eel, 9, 10 

Pool, 13, 57, 76 

Poor, Division of with new 

Lynnfiield District, 84, 85, 88 
Poor, overseer of, 22, 35, 36, 43, 

88 

Poor House, 11, 12, 14, 21, 22, 
27. 29 



Pound, 19, 20 
Pound Keeper, 72, 77 
Powder Houses, 11, 12 
Pratt, Rlichard, 20, 67, 76 
Price Controls, 61, 62 

posting of prices, 62 
Property, private, 

Payment for damage to, 10 
Providence, R.L, raising men for 

campaign, 54, 60 
Province, 13 

Governor of, disagreement 
with, 15, 16, 17 
Purrington, James, 7, 12, 20, 25, 

28, 35, 36, 43, 44, 46, 58, 67 
Purrington, Jediah. 20 
Quakers, 27, 52 
Ramsdell, Abednego, 20, 28 
Ramsdell, Jacob, 7, 20 
Ramsdell, Mehak (Meshach), 20 
Ramsdell, Nehemiah, 27, 36, 43, 

51, 57, 76 
Ramsdell, Noah, 12, 20 
Rand, Edmund, 79 
Rand, Ezekiel, 79 
Rand, Ezra, 79 
Rand, Mary, 79 
Ray, Elizabeth, 70 
Ray, Jeremiah, 70, 71 
Ray, Peltiah, 70 
Ray, Sarah, 
Read, Abigail, 75 
Read, Berziller, 75 
Read, Hannah, 75 
Read, Lovey, 75 
Read, Priscilla, 75 
Read, Sarah, 75 
Read, Thomas, 75 
Readdan, Benjamin Bullard, 13, 

20, 43, 57, 67 
Reading, town of, 55, 56, 69, 70, 

71 

Reading Road, 29 
Rhoades, Ephriam, 36, 57 
Rhoades, Ignatius, 43 
Rhoades, John, 10, 12 
Rhoades, Josiah, 35, 43 
Rhoades, Thomas, 72 
Richards, Henry, 51 



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Richards, John, 14 
Richards, Richard, 14, 20, 21 
Ridierson, William, 21, 30 
Rights, Constitutional and 

Charter, 8, 23 
Rights and liberties of the people, 

15, 22, 23, 24 
Road, Closed:, 4 

Road, Washing away by tide, 14 
Roberson, James, 80, 81, 87 
Roby, Rev. Joseph, 30, 34, 54, 68 
Salem, Town of, 24, 38, 56, 61, 85 
Saugus River, 55 
Saw Mill, Richardson's, 55 
School, 68 

School, Committee to Inspect, 27 
School House, 9 

Quaker, 52, 54 
Seaports, Committee to Defend, 

30 

Selectmen, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 13, 14, 
18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 
29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 
37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 
46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 
55, 56, 57, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 
66, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 
77, 79, 80, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 
89, 90 

Sheldon, Betsey, 75 

Sheldon, Jonathan, 75 

Sheldon, Ruth, 75 

Sheldon, Ephriam, 13, 50 

Sherman, Nathaniel, 6, 25, 29, 
43, 71 

Silsbee, Samuel, 14, 20, 36, 44, 
♦ 57, 67,76, 81 
Simonds, Thomas, 55 
Small Pox, 27, 29, 45, 46, 47, 
4S, 53 

Inoculations, 53 
Smith, Abigail, 69, 70 
Smlith, Abraham, 7, 28, 67, 76, 

81,87 
Smith, Francis, 25 
Smith, Samuel, 47, 67, 68, 76, 81 
Soldiers, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 51 

bounty, 42, 44, 48 

clothing, 52 



draft of, 49 

for defense of colonies, 40 

hiring of, 51, 52, 60, 63, 69 

hiring of substitute, 49 

pay of, 54, 60 

recruiting of, 59, 62 

term of service, 48, 71, 72 
Spenne, Benjamin, 86 
Spenne, Francis, 86 
Spenne, Grace, 86 
Spenne, John, 86 
Spenne, Mary, 86 
Spenne, Robert, 86 
Spenne, Samuel, 86 
Spenne, Thomas, 86 
State House, 45, 53, 59 
State officers, election of, 78, 82, 

89 

Stocker, Ebenezer, 28 

Stocker, Thomas, 7, 12, 13, 43, 

44, 51, 52, 57, 87 
Stow, Town of, 25, 26 
Strangers, taking in of, 5 
Swain, John, 28 

Sweetser, Samuel, 35, 43, 46, 50, 
56, 57, 66, 76, 80, 83, 84, 87, 
88 

Sweetzer, William, 7, 20, 57, 87 
Swine, 6, 7, 19, 20, 27, 28, 35, 36, 

43, 50, 51, 56, 57, 66, 67, 75, 

77, 80, 81, 86, 87 
Swinerton, Ebenezer, 29 

Tallbutt , 14 

Tarbal, Jonathan, 45, 47, 51, 57, 

67, 76, 81, 84 
Tarbox, Benjamin, 30, 76 
Tar box, Daniel, 13 
Tarbox, Nathaniel, Jr., 76 
Tarbox, Richard, 13 
Tarbox, Widow, 27, 29 
Tarbox, William, 81 
Tax, Highway, 78 
Tax, State, 65, 71 
Taxation without representation, 

17 

Taxes, 63, 65,71, 74, 77, 80 

Collection of by Constables, 88 
Taxes, committee to appraise, 3 
Taxes, Collector of, 18, 19, 20, 



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27, 67, 68, 77, 79, 80 

Bonds for, 18, 76, 81 

Pay of, 19, 27, 67, 68, 76, 79, 

80, 81 
Tax Rate, 21,27, 53 
Tea, duty on, 17, 18 
Tea, forbidden in Lynn, 17 
Thomas, Israel, 70 
Thomas, Joanna, 70 
Thomas, Richard, 70, 71 
Thompson, Edward, 7 
Tithekigmen, 7, 12, 20, 21, 28, 

30, 36, 43, 50, 57, 67, 76, 81, 

87,88 
Tophet, Meadow, 29 
Town, accounts of, 88 

Notes wrongly dated, 89 
Town, assets, of Division of with 

new Lynnfield District, 88 
Town, borrowing money for 

soldiers, 60, 63, 69, 74 
Town, claims against, 85 
Town Clerk, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14, 18, 

19. 21, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31, 32, 

33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 

42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 

52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 59, 60, 62, 
63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 70, 72, 73, 
74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 
85, 86, 87, 89, 90 

Town Common Land, Encroach- 
ments, 9, 69 
Town Common Land, Sale of, 

10, 43, 44, 90 

Town, debts of, 5, 6, 9, 10, 14, 
24, 32, 38, 42, 45, 46, 49, 53, 
55, 63, 73, 74, 83, 86, 90 
Division of with new Lynnfield 
District, 85, 88 

Town Meeting, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 

11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 
23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 
33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 
42, 43, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 

53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 
62, 53, 65, 66, 68, 71, 72, 73, 
74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80. 82, 83, 
85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90 

To begin with a prayer, 38 



Town Treasurer, 6, 11, 19, 23, 
25, 26, 27, 35, 42, 43, 50, 52, 

55, 56, 57, 59, 66. 72, 75, 76, 
77, 80, 85, 86, 87 

Town Treasury, 60, 62 
Townsend, Daniel, 12 
Townsend, Thomas, 20, 28, 29. 

68, 73, 74 
Treadwell, Inn-holder in Ipswich. 

52 

Tredwell, Rev. John, 30, 34, 68 
Tufts, Grimes, 12, 51, 57. 81, 87. 
88 

Tufts, Moses, 67 

Turrill, Joseph, 28, 36, 51 

United States, 59 

Upton, John. 7, 20, 35, 57. 64, 
74. 76, 80 

Verry, Amos, 86 

Verry, William, 86 

Virginia, Colony of , 16 

Voters, qualified, 6, 21, 23, 25, 
31, 32, 37, 38, 40, 42, 45, 46, 
47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 

56, 59, 60, 62, 63, 65, 66, 68, 
72, 73, 74, 75, 78. 79, 80, 83, 
85, 86, 89 

Waitt, Ezra, 51 
Walker, Hannah, 86 
Walker, John, 86 
Walker, William, 86 
Walkley, Abigail, 18, 19 
Walklev, John, 18, 19 
Walkley, John (child), 18, 19 
Wakham, Town of, 19 
Walton. Timothy, 12. 20, 67. 77, 

80, 81 
War Loan, 48, 60 
Ward, 62 

Ward, West, 79, 80 

Wardens, 6, 12, 20, 27, 35, 43, 

50,57,80,87,88 
Watch, Captain of, 33 
Watch, for safety of Town, 

Failure to report for duty, 33, 

37 

Watch (guard) at lower landing, 
32 

Watertown, Town of, 32, 33. 34, 38 



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Way, Public, 3, 4, 10, 11,27, 29 

Gates across, 29 
Wayt, Jonathan, 3, 4 
Wellman Jonathan, 12, 20, 28, 

36, 43, 57, 66, 67, 70, 71, 76, 

81 

Wellman, Thomas, 57, 81 
Williams, James, 50 57, 62, 65, 
69 



Williams, Robert, 36, 51 
Wilmington, Town of, 71 
Witt, Benjamin, 4 
Woburn, ("Town of), 5, 65, 66, 
75 

Wood Sealer, 7, 12, 20, 28, 36, 
44, 51,57, 67, 77,81,88 
Pay for, 81 

Workhouse, 4x 73, 87, 88 



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